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Japan's oldest citizen dies of old age at 113

Date Posted: 2007-08-23

Shitsu Nakano, a spry 113-year-old named as Japan's oldest person only days ago, has died. Officials at a senior citizens home in Ogoori, Fukuoka Prefecture, says Nakano died Sunday of natural causes.

Nakano attained the title of the nation's oldest person following Yone Minagawa;s death earlier this year. Minagawa, held the Guinness World Records title of the world's oldest person. She died of natural causes at age 114 on Aug. 13. Nakano had been listed fourth on the U.S. Gerontology Research Groupís list of the worldís oldest people.

The group identified 114-year-old Edna Parker of Indiana, as the world's oldest person following Minagawa's death. Tsuneyo Toyonaga, also 113 is now the oldest Japanese.

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