The oldest person in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records, dies at the age of 119

25 April, 2022
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The oldest person in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records, dies at the age of 119

Kane Tanaka, the oldest Japanese woman in the world, died at the age of 119. NHK channel reported that Tanaka lived in a facility for the elderly in Fukuoka, but according to Fukuoka Prefecture, she died in a hospital in Fukuoka on the nineteenth of this month.

It is noteworthy that Kane Tanaka, entered the Guinness Book of World Records, as the oldest person in the world.

Kane Tanaka was born on January 2, 1903 in the southwestern region of Fukuoka, Japan. She was born prematurely and was breastfed by women other than her mother. Until recently, she was relatively healthy and lived in a nursing home, where she enjoyed board games, math problems, soft drinks, and chocolate.

Japanese officials said Monday that a woman officially considered the oldest person in the world has died at the age of 119.

In her younger years, Tanaka ran several businesses including a noodle shop and a rice cake shop. She married Hideo Tanaka a century ago in 1922, had four children and adopted the fifth, according to Agence France-Presse.

The woman had planned to use a wheelchair to participate in the torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, but the pandemic prevented her from doing so.

When Guinness World Records named her the oldest person alive in 2019, she was asked about the happiest moment in life, and her answer was: “Now.”

Her daily routine at the time included getting up at 6 a.m. and spending afternoons studying math and practicing calligraphy.

"One of Ken's favorite pastimes is Otello, and she has become an expert at the classic board game, often outpacing the housekeepers," Guinness World Records said.

Japan has the largest elderly population in the world, according to World Bank data, with about 28% of the population aged 65 or older.

The oldest living person ever verified by Guinness was Frenchwoman Jeanne Louise Calment, who died at the age of 122 years and 164 days in 1997.

 


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