Kane Tanaka: The world’s oldest person dies in Japan at the age of 119

Tanaka, born January 2, 1903, died April 19, the ministry said.

Guinness World Records said they were saddened to hear of Tanaka’s passing, saying the news of her death had been confirmed by senior gerontology consultant Robert Young, who also helped confirm her record as the oldest person alive back in 2019. .

Tweeting about her death, Guinness World Records said: “She became the oldest living person in January 2019 at the age of 116 years and 28 days.

“She is also the second oldest person ever registered, after only Jeanne Calment, who lived to the age of 122.”

Tanaka’s family said in a tweet earlier this month that she had been frequently ill recently and “in and out of the hospital.”

Born in 1903, Tanaka married a rice shop owner at the age of 19 and worked in the family shop until she was 103.

She survived cancer twice and lived through a host of historic events, surviving two world wars and the Spanish flu in 1918 – as well as the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kane Tanaka, 32 years old in 1935, is pictured in the middle of the front row.

CNN has previously reported on Tanaka during her preparation to participate in the Olympic torch relay ahead of the postponed Summer Olympics in Tokyo 2020.

The plan had been that she would take the flame as it passed through Shime, in her home prefecture Fukuoka, but in the end she did not attend due to concerns about Covid-19.

Tanaka had lived in a nursing home in Fukuoka. Her family said she kept her mind and body engaged by doing math and staying curious.

Tanaka’s great-granddaughter Junko Tanaka set up a Twitter account in January 2020 to celebrate the life of the supercentener.

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She tweeted pictures of her great-grandmother enjoying treats such as cake and soda, and shared her accomplishments and the exchanges she had with her relatives.

CNN has previously reported that Junko said of his grandmother: “I may be biased because I’m related to her, but I think it’s a little amazing – I wanted to share it with the world and for people to feel inspired. and feel her joy. “

By 2020, one in every 1,565 people in Japan was over the age of 100 – more than 88% of them women. Government figures released in July 2020 showed that women have a life expectancy of 87.45 years compared to 81.4 for men.

Guinness World Records announced Tanaka’s death on its website on Monday, saying that “the titles of the oldest living person and the oldest living person (woman) are currently being investigated” and that further details will be announced in good faith. time.

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