A Japanese woman certified as the world’s oldest person has died at the age of 119local authorities reported on Monday.
Kane Tanaka was born on January 2, 1903 in the Fukuoka region (southwestern Japan), six months before George Orwell, the same year that the wright brothers first flew Y Marie Curie became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize.
Tanaka was in relatively good health until recently. and lived in a nursing home, where he enjoyed board games, solving math problems, sodas, and chocolate.
In his younger years he had several businesses, including a noodle shop and a rice cake shop. He got married to Hideo Tanaka a century ago, in 1922, with whom he had four children and adopted a fifth. She lived through five Japanese imperial reigns.
He had planned to use a wheelchair to participate in the Tokyo Olympics torch relay in 2021but the pandemic prevented it.
When Guinness World Records recognized her as the oldest living person in 2019, she was asked When was the happiest time in your life? She replied, “Now.”
His daily routine was then described as a wake up at 6:00 am, and afternoons dedicated to studying mathematics and practicing calligraphy.
“One of Kane’s favorite pastimes is a game of Othello and she has become an expert at the classic board game, often beating the nursing home staff”Guinness said.
the local governor Seitaro Hattori highlighted Tanaka’s life after his death on April 19.
“I was looking forward to seeing Kane at this year’s Respect for the Elder Day (a national holiday in September) and celebrating together with his favorite soda and chocolate. I am extremely saddened by the news.”he said in a statement on Monday.
According to data from the World Bank, Japan is the country with the oldest population in the world.with 28% of people aged 65 or over.
In an estimate released in September ahead of the annual Respect for the Elderly Day, the Health Ministry said a A record 86,510 people were 100 years old or older, an increase of 6,060 from the previous year.
The women make up the vast majority of centenarianswith men making up just over 10,000, the ministry said.
The oldest living person verified by Guinness was French Jeanne Louise Calmentwho died at the age of 122 years and 164 days in 1997.
(With information from AFP)
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