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

A japanese certified as the oldest person in the world died at the age of 119, local authorities reported Monday.

Kane Tanaka was born on January 2, 1903 in the Fukuoka region of southwestern Japan, the same year the Wright brothers first flew and Marie Curie became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize.

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Tanaka He was in relatively good health until recently and lived in a nursing home, where he enjoyed board games, solving math problems, soda pop, and chocolate.

In his younger years he had several businesses, including a noodle shop and a rice cake shop.. She married Hideo Tanaka a century ago, in 1922, with whom He had four children and adopted a fifth.

She had planned to use a wheelchair to take part in the Tokyo Olympics torch relay in 2021, but the pandemic prevented her from doing so.

This photo taken on September 13, 2021 shows the world’s oldest person, Japan’s Kane Tanaka, who was born on January 2, 1903 and died at the age of 119 on April 19. 2022. (HANDOUT / FUKUOKA PREFECTURAL GOVERNMENT / AFP).

When Guinness World Records recognized her as the oldest living person in 2019, she was asked when she was happiest in her life. She replied, “Now.”

His daily routine was then described as waking up at 6:00 am, and afternoons spent 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 care home staff,” Guinness said.

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 Seniors 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 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.

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

Source: Elcomercio

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