By Sharon Kwok
Last December, a Japanese man named Jiroemon Kimura was officially declared the oldest living person in the world at 115 by Guinness World Records. However, a Chinese woman by the name of Luo Meizhen, who claims to be 127 years old, is now challenging that title.
According to media reports, Mr. Kimura was a former postman born in 1897. He lives in Kyotango and has 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren. He is the second oldest man ever whose age has been officially verified (Walter Breuning died in 2011).
Ms. Luo claims to have turned 127 last September. Her year of birth as shown on her ID card is 1885, though she does not have a birth certificate to prove it. She lives in Bama, Guangxi province where residents are known for their longevity. She lives with her son, whom she claims she gave birth to when she was 61.
If Ms Luo is truly 127, that would make her the oldest person ever to have lived, overtaking French woman Jeannie Calment who died in 1997 at the age of 122.