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Japanese woman, daughter of kimono maker, recognized as world's oldest woman at age 114

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    Japan's 114-year-old Misao Okawa, center, poses with her 2-month-old great-grandson Hibiki Okawa along with the Guinness World Records certificate at a nursing home in Osaka, western Japan, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Okawa has been recognized as the world’s oldest woman by Guinness World Records on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)The Associated Press

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    Japan's 114-year-old Misao Okawa, right, poses with the certificate of the world's oldest living woman, which was presented to her by Guinness World Records Japan Country Manager Erika Ogawa, right, at a nursing home in Osaka, western Japan, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)The Associated Press

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    Japan's 114-year-old Misao Okawa poses with the Guinness World Records certificate of the world's oldest woman at a nursing home in Osaka, western Japan, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. She has been recognized as the world’s oldest woman by Guinness World Records on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)The Associated Press

A 114-year-old Japanese woman, the daughter of a kimono maker, has been recognized as the world's oldest woman.

Misao Okawa said Wednesday that she was "very happy" to receive the recognition and a certificate from Guinness World Records.

Asked for her secret for longevity she said it was to "watch out for one's health."

It was a nice gift for Okawa, who will mark her 115th birthday next week. According to the Gerontology Research Institute, which verifies age information for Guinness World Records, she was born March 5, 1898.

Okawa lives in a nursing home in Osaka.

The world's oldest living person as recognized by Guinness — 115-year-old Jiroemon Kimura — also lives in Japan.

Japan has the most centenarians in the world, with more than 51,000.