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Japan's oldest person dies at age 115

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December 2, 2011 05:27 AM EST | AP

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TOKYO — Japan's oldest person, 115-year-old Chiyono Hasegawa, has died.

Hasegawa, who was born Nov. 20, 1896, died at a facility in southern Japan on Friday.

The facility where Hasegawa died confirmed her death, but declined to give further details.

Japan's oldest person is now a man, 114-year-old Jirouemon Kimura, who was born April 19, 1897. Kimura is recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living man.

Besse Cooper of Monroe, Georgia, in the United States, is listed by Guinness as the world's oldest person, at 115. She was born Aug. 26, 1896.