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New Oldest Woman in the World

Two weeks after her 114th birthday, Yone Minagawa was congratulated as being the new holder of the Guinness World Record of the oldest woman in the world on Tuesday.

Minagawa received her new title after the death of the previous record holder, Emma Faust Tillman, died at the age of 114.

Minagawa currently lives in a nursing home in Fukuchi, Japan. When she found out that she had earned her new title, Minagawa was astonished and grateful.

Sources say Minagawa was born on Jan. 4, 1893, and has survived her four sons, daughter, and husband. Despite this, she is still described as being youthful by the nursing home staff.

I think that it would be challenging to report on this story because Minagawa is foreign. More than likely she probably knows at least some English, but she is still Japanese as well as hard-of-hearing. Getting all the facts straight probably required a lot of asking Minagawa to repeat herself.

Both the Star Tribune and Reuters (through Yahoo!) summed up Minagawa's early widowhood and life by paraphrasing and used direct quotations in order to tell readers her reactions to her newly-won title.