- Japan’s Jiroemon Kimura is officially world’s oldest living person at 115
- But China claims Luo Meizhen should hold record as she is aged 127
China and Japan are constantly struggling over territory, politics and economic dominance – but now it appears the two Asian giants could have found another topic to fight about.
Earlier this month a Japanese man was officially declared the world’s oldest living person at 115, but China is fielding an alternative candidate for the title.
This week an official news agency repeated claims that a Chinese woman is 127 years old, which would make her the record-holder by a large margin.
Contest: Jiroemon Kimura, left, and Luo Meizhen, right, both claim to be the world’s oldest living person
Jiroemon Kimura, a former postman who was born on April 19, 1897, was named the world’s oldest person by Guinness World Records after the death of American Dina Manfredini.
He lives in Kyotango and has 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.