Following the September death of 117-year-old Violet Mosse Brown, the oldest person in the world, the title has now been handed down to Japanese supercentenarian, Nabi Tajima, who is also 117.

Tajima was born on August 4, 1900, in the town of Kikai, Kagoshima Prefecture, and has had her age confirmed by Guiness World Records.

She currently lives in a home in the city of Kagoshima and is the direct ancestor of 140 people — including nine children (seven sons and two daughters), 28 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren, and 35 great-great-grandchildren.

Today, for the first time Nabi Tajima has spoken to our reporters about the secrets behind her longevity. According to her, it all comes down to avoiding being sedentary and drinking as many smoothies as possible.

“In the mid 1930s I was working for a PR agency that focused on digital content seeding throughout integrated social channels” she says.

“It was around this time that I convinced myself I was suffering from a scoliosis in my spine – I knew I had to do something about this”

Nabi after consultation with the Human Resources representative, she was able to have a standing desk installed in her office.

“The bosses were really good about it, considering the fragile economy that existed in imperial Japan at the time”

“It was a workplace quirk that I kept up for many years after. Right through the World War until I retired to focus on my travel blog in 2014”


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