World's Oldest Woman: 114-Year-Old Woman Crowned in Japan (PHOTO)

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(Photo: Reuters/Kyodo)Misao Okawa (R) receives a certification from an official of Guinness World Records in Osaka, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo February 27, 2013. Okawa of the western Japanese city of Osaka was on Wednesday officially recognised by the Guinness World Records as the oldest woman alive at 114 years old. Born to a clothing merchant in 1898, also the year of the Spanish-American war, Okawa is due to celebrate her 115th birthday next week on March 5th.

The world's oldest woman was crowned on Wednesday in Japan. The 114 year old Japanese woman was officially recognized by the Guinness World Records as the oldest female on the planet, and presented with an official certificate to mark her achievement.

Misao Okawa, who is mid-way through her 12th decade, is a descendant of kimono merchants in the city Osaka.

She told reporters at the event that she was "very happy" at receiving the honor and certificate from the Guinness World Records.

She said, "I'm happy. I'm feeling good anyway."

Okawa was pictured at the event sitting in a wheelchair surrounded by relatives, enjoying the attention.

She was born on March 5, 1898 and married in 1919.

Her family at consists of three children, including a son and daughter who are still alive and well and at the moment in their 90s.

She also has four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Okawa boasts about never having any major health problems in her 114 years, although she admits that she broke her leg over a decade ago when she was just 102 years old.

The ceremony took place after a 115 year old woman - who was also from Japan - died near Tokyo in January. That woman had been officially recognized as the world's oldest woman in December 2012, after the death of a slightly older American woman who passed away at 115 years of age towards the end of last year.

The world's current oldest living person, according to the Guinness World Records, is also a Japanese man, who is currently 115-year-old and living in Kyoto.