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2:22 pm - 12/30/2012

World’s Oldest Woman Is Older Than The World’s Oldest Man

China and Japan could have something else to disagree about other the politics — that being who claims the title of the oldest living person on the planet.

Jiroemon Kimura, 115, of Japan just landed the title of the world’s oldest living person according to Guinness World Records, but China says not so fast.

Luo Meizhen, a woman who lives in a village in Guangxi province in Bama County, claims to be 127 years old. Bama County in China is known for the longevity of its residents including many centenarians.

Luo Meizhen claims to have been born in 1885, but the records are a little sketchy according to Yahoo! News because “birth certificates in the region only started to be kept after the 1949 Communist takeover. All she has is a faded copy of her identity card …”

According to London’s Daily Mail, the longevity record may or may not become a bone of contention between the two countries.

“It is unclear how aggressively China intends to pursue the centenarian’s record claim, but it has the potential to become another bone of contention between the country and its rival power.

“Even if Ms. Luo does not manage to wrest the title from Mr. Kimura, interest in her home county will doubtless continue as it draws thousands of visitors seeking to discover the secret behind the long lives of its 74 residents aged more than 100.”

The ChinAfrica website offers this explanation of why Bama county residents seem to live so long:

“Researchers say the longevity of people in Bama is a result of their healthy lifestyle. For thousands of years, Bama people have worked from sunrise to sunset. They have adequate sleep at night and physical exercise during working hours. Every day, they go up and down the mountains doing farm work, and children tramp over mountains to school. Such high-intensity physical exercise helps build robust constitutions and strong hearts. Besides, many also have the habit of soaking their feet in hot water every night, which is thought by the Chinese to be a simple but effective way to maintain health.”

source has a video!

well, they're getting their information from the daily mail which i hear isn't all that reliable anyway. what do you think about this debate?
ceecile 30th-Dec-2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
Idk about this but I do know one thing, I do not want to live this long.
randomtasks 30th-Dec-2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
IA, I'd feel so lonely since everyone you've known is long gone.
cloudynitemare 30th-Dec-2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
hisjulliet 30th-Dec-2012 08:56 pm (UTC)
kushina 30th-Dec-2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
royu_kiyo 30th-Dec-2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
inachan89 30th-Dec-2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
Well she does look old.
ichigobanana 30th-Dec-2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
She does look like a living mummy, ugh D:
annhh 30th-Dec-2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
looks like her body is not agreeing with this

must be the genes because same environment can be found elsewhere in the world, at least in another time maybe. living by japan/china standards, breathing, working, eating there can hardly be the elixir
kushina 30th-Dec-2012 09:08 pm (UTC)

And yes, Daily Mail's credibility isn't legit at all, I only go there to post troll comments.

Edited at 2012-12-30 09:10 pm (UTC)
dramaticsurgeon 30th-Dec-2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
It could just be the picture they chose to take of her, but she seems kind of sad. :/ Reaching that age can't be easy, especially if you see your own children/grandchildren grow old and die before you. That's the definition of hell, in my opinion. It vaguely reminds me of that moral dilemma you see in movies--which is worse, dying early, or dying decades after everyone you care about?
fancifury 30th-Dec-2012 09:29 pm (UTC)
i ship it tbh
lenra 30th-Dec-2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
lmao omg
baka_tenshi 30th-Dec-2012 09:52 pm (UTC)
omg (me too)
maffinoyobiai 30th-Dec-2012 11:50 pm (UTC)
If I was that old and couldn't see anything or do much, I'd really want to be put out of my misery. :/
atelierlune 31st-Dec-2012 12:00 am (UTC)
But what is her quality of life like?
ttalktomesoftly 31st-Dec-2012 02:25 am (UTC)
I think they will always find something to disagree on. If it's not a couple of centenarians something else will appear.
steelthorns 1st-Jan-2013 08:26 am (UTC)
Guinness World Records didn't list her because they couldn't verify her birthdate by means of some official document. It's really less of a debate and more of a technicality based on specific guidelines. As things go, the news in China doesn't seem to care about this all that much.
vanlindda90 2nd-Jan-2013 04:25 am (UTC)
If you don't have documents, then what did you expect? Guinness World Record isn't going to take someone's word as the truth. What's next? The Monkey King is real!? -______- I don't see why being the oldest is something to be rowdy over. Just be glad that you live past 100.
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