World's oldest person celebrates a day before turning 117

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OSAKA, JAPAN - MARCH 04: Misao Okawa, the world's oldest Japanese woman, poses for a photo on her 117th birthday celebration at Kurenai Nursing Home on March 4, 2015 in Osaka, Japan. Japanese woman Misao Okawa is oldest living person in the world as certified by the Guinness World Records, who celebrates her 117 birthday on March 5. Okawa has been dubbed the worlds oldest living person since the June 12, 2013 death of 116 years and 54 days old Jiroemon Kimura, also Japanese. She is ranked first Oldest Japanese person ever and third person reached to 117in the world. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)
OSAKA, JAPAN - MARCH 04: Misao Okawa, the world's oldest Japanese woman receives a bouquet of flowers from Higashi Sumiyosho ward Mayor Ogura (L) on her 117th birthday celebration at Kurenai Nursing Home on March 4, 2015 in Osaka, Japan. Japanese woman Misao Okawa is oldest living person in the world as certified by the Guinness World Records, who celebrates her 117 birthday on March 5. Okawa has been dubbed the worlds oldest living person since the June 12, 2013 death of 116 years and 54 days old Jiroemon Kimura, also Japanese. She is ranked first Oldest Japanese person ever and third person reached to 117in the world. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)
OSAKA, JAPAN - MARCH 04: Misao Okawa, the world's oldest Japanese woman receives a bouquet of flowers on her 117th birthday celebration at Kurenai Nursing Home on March 4, 2015 in Osaka, Japan. Japanese woman Misao Okawa is oldest living person in the world as certified by the Guinness World Records, who celebrates her 117 birthday on March 5. Okawa has been dubbed the worlds oldest living person since the June 12, 2013 death of 116 years and 54 days old Jiroemon Kimura, also Japanese. She is ranked first Oldest Japanese person ever and third person reached to 117in the world. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)
OSAKA, JAPAN - MARCH 04: Misao Okawa, the world's oldest Japanese woman poses for a photo with her great-grandchild Himaki and grandchild Takako Okawa on her 117th birthday celebration at Kurenai Nursing Home on March 4, 2015 in Osaka, Japan. Japanese woman Misao Okawa is oldest living person in the world as certified by the Guinness World Records, who celebrates her 117 birthday on March 5. Okawa has been dubbed the worlds oldest living person since the June 12, 2013 death of 116 years and 54 days old Jiroemon Kimura, also Japanese. She is ranked first Oldest Japanese person ever and third person reached to 117in the world. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)
OSAKA, JAPAN - MARCH 04: Misao Okawa, the world's oldest Japanese woman, poses for a photo on her 117th birthday celebration at Kurenai Nursing Home on March 4, 2015 in Osaka, Japan. Japanese woman Misao Okawa is oldest living person in the world as certified by the Guinness World Records, who celebrates her 117 birthday on March 5. Okawa has been dubbed the worlds oldest living person since the June 12, 2013 death of 116 years and 54 days old Jiroemon Kimura, also Japanese. She is ranked first Oldest Japanese person ever and third person reached to 117in the world. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)
HO CHI MINH, VIETNAM - JULY 29: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) Nguyen Thi Tru's government-issued photo ID states that she was born in 1893 on July 29, 2014 in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Tru was born in 1893, according to the photo ID that was issued to her by local authorities in 1979. The Vietnam Book of Records, or Viet Kings, said documents published during the era of French colonial rule (1887-1945) verified her date of birth. Viet Kings plans to seek a listing in the Guinness book for Tru. The world's officially recognized oldest person is 116-year-old Misao Okawa of Japan. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
OSAKA, JAPAN - MARCH 05: Misao Okawa, the world's oldest Japanese woman receives birthday present on her 116th birthday celebration at Kurenai Nursing Home on March 5, 2014 in Osaka, Japan. Okawa, born in Tenma, Osaka, on March 5, 1898 to a family of Kimono merchants, married in 1919 and had three children, of which a daughter and a son are still alive, and has four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)
OSAKA, JAPAN - MARCH 05: Misao Okawa, the world's oldest Japanese woman listens to Manager Okada Tomohito(R) of Kurenai Nursing Home on her 116th birthday celebration at Kurenai Nursing Home on March 5, 2014 in Osaka, Japan. Okawa, born in Tenma, Osaka, on March 5, 1898 to a family of Kimono merchants, married in 1919 and had three children, of which a daughter and a son are still alive, and has four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)
OSAKA, JAPAN - MARCH 05: Misao Okawa, the world's oldest Japanese woman looks on before her 116th birthday celebrations at Kurenai Nursing Home on March 5, 2014 in Osaka, Japan. Okawa, born in Tenma, Osaka, on March 5, 1898 to a family of Kimono merchants, married in 1919 and had three children, of which a daughter and a son are still alive, and has four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)
OSAKA, JAPAN - MARCH 05: Misao Okawa, who is recognised by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest woman, reacts during her 115th birthday celebrations at Kurenai Nursing Home on March 5, 2013 in Osaka, Japan. she was born in Osaka, on March 5, 1998. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)
Japan's 114-year-old woman Misao Okawa looks on as she is recognized as the world's oldest woman by the Guinness World Record in Osaka, western Japan on February 27, 2013. The world's oldest man is a 115-year-old Japanese man Jiroemon Kimura, living in Kyoto, near Osaka. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)
OSAKA, JAPAN - MARCH 05: Misao Okawa, the world's oldest Japanese woman eats her lunch ahead of her 116th birthday celebrations at Kurenai Nursing Home on March 5, 2014 in Osaka, Japan. Okawa, born in Tenma, Osaka, on March 5, 1898 to a family of Kimono merchants, married in 1919 and had three children, of which a daughter and a son are still alive, and has four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)
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TOKYO (AP) -- The world's oldest person says 117 years doesn't seem like such a long time.

Misao Okawa, the daughter of a kimono maker, made the comment Wednesday, at a celebration a day before her 117th birthday. Appropriately, she was wearing a pink kimono decorated with cherry blossom prints.

Okawa, born in Osaka on March 5, 1898, was recognized as the world's oldest person by Guinness World Records in 2013.

"It seemed rather short," she said after Osaka government official Takehiro Ogura, who brought her a big bouquet, asked how she felt about living for 117 years.

Okawa, her hair decorated with a pink daisy pin, looked up from her wheelchair and said she was "very happy" to be that age.

Asked for the secret of her longevity, she responded nonchalantly, "I wonder about that too."

Japan has the most centenarians in the world, with more than 58,000, according to the government. About 87 percent of them are women.

Okawa has slowed down in recent months and is having trouble hearing, but she still eats well and is in good health, according to her Osaka nursing home, where Wednesday's televised celebration was held.

Okawa married her husband, Yukio, in 1919, and they had three children - two daughters and a son. She now has four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1931.

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