Kama Chinen, a Japanese woman from Okinawa, died one week before her 115th birthday.
The world's oldest woman, Kama Chinen, died at the age of 114.
The oldest human is now 114-year-old Eugenie Blanchard, a French woman born on Feb. 16, 1896.
Japan has a high percentage of the world's centenarians.
The world's oldest person, a Japanese woman on the southern island of Okinawa, has died a week before her 115th birthday, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Kama Chinen, who witnessed three centuries, died Sunday, according to Kaoru Shijima, a spokeswoman at her care facility.
Petite and gray-haired, Chinen spent her final years at a care center in Nanjo on southeastern Okinawa. She was born on May 10, 1895, according to the Gerontology Research Group , which tracks individuals of extremely old age.
Her family guarded her privacy closely, and details regarding her death were not released to the press -- many Japanese newspapers didn't even give her name.
Chinen became the world's oldest known person when Gertrude Baines died in a Los Angeles hospital at age 115 in September.