Tajima, a resident of Japan's Kagoshima, had been hospitalised since January and died from old age on Saturday evening, Xinhua news agency reported.
Tajima-last verified man in the world, born in the nineteenth century.
She had attained the stature of world's oldest living person after the death in September of Violet Brown in Jamaica, also at the age of 117. She will turn 117...
Born on August 4 1900, Nabi reportedly had more than 160 descendants after raising seven sons and two daughters. Brown was the oldest person in the world for about five months.
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Nabi Tajima was listed in the Guinness Book of records as the oldest woman on the planet from September 2017.
Tajima's secret to longevity was "eating delicious things and sleeping well", the group said. "As she had been a hard worker, I want to tell her 'rest well, '" Tajima's 65-year-old grandson, Hiroyuki, told reporters. Video shown on Japanese television showed Tajima moving her hands to the beat of music played on traditional Japanese instruments at a ceremony to mark the achievement.
"She can eat by herself and spends every day in good health", her family said in a statement.
The U.S. -based Gerontology Research team states that the following Japanese lady, Chiyo Miyako, is now the world's oldest person from its own recordings.