Japanese Kane Tanaka: the oldest person in the world died at the age of 119

The world’s oldest person, Kane Tanaka of Japan, has died at the age of 119. As the local government of her hometown of Fukuoka, southwest of Japan, announced on Monday, Tanaka died on April 19.

According to the Gerontology Research Group, French woman Lucile Randon is now the world’s oldest person at 118 years and 73 days. Japan’s oldest person is now 115-year-old Fusa Tatsumi from Kashiwara in Osaka Prefecture, according to the Health Ministry.

Tanaka was born on January 2, 1903 as the seventh child, altogether there were eight siblings. In 1922 she married at the age of 19. The couple had four children and adopted another.

Tanaka supported the family by running a noodle shop when her husband and eldest son went to war against China that began in 1937. After the war, the couple ran a rice cake business. Tanaka experienced the reigns of a total of five Japanese emperors.

At the age of 116, the Guinness Book of Records recognized the Japanese as the oldest person in the world. The oldest man in the world up to that point, the Spaniard Saturnino de la Fuentealso died that year.

When asked about the secret to her long life, Kane named Tanaka “eating good food and learning.” One of her favorite foods was chocolate. Even at biblical age, Tanaka still had a great passion for mathematics and the board game Othello. According to the media, she got up at 6 a.m. and didn’t go to bed until around 9 p.m. (dpa)

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