World's oldest person, 119-year-old woman, dies in Japan

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 Kane Tanaka, calved  successful  1903, smiles arsenic  a nursing location  celebrates 3  days aft  her 117th day   successful  Fukuoka Kane Tanaka, calved successful 1903, smiles arsenic a nursing location celebrates 3 days aft her 117th day successful Fukuoka, Japan, successful this photograph taken by Kyodo connected January 5, 2020.  Kyodo via Reuters

Tokyo — A Japanese pistillate certified the world's oldest idiosyncratic has died astatine the property of 119, section officials said Monday.

Kane Tanaka was calved January 2, 1903, successful the southwestern Fukuoka portion of Japan, the aforesaid twelvemonth the Wright brothers flew for the archetypal clip and Marie Curie became the archetypal pistillate to triumph a Nobel Prize.

Tanaka was successful comparatively bully wellness until precocious and lived astatine a nursing home, wherever she enjoyed committee games, solving mathematics problems, soda and chocolate.

In her younger years, Tanaka ran assorted businesses including a noodle store and a atom barroom store. She joined Hideo Tanaka a period agone successful 1922, giving commencement to 4 children and adopting a fifth.

She had planned to usage a wheelchair to instrumentality portion successful the torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics successful 2021, but the pandemic prevented her from doing so.

When the Guinness World Records recognized her arsenic the oldest idiosyncratic live successful 2019, she was asked what infinitesimal was the happiest successful her life. Her answer: "Now."

Her regular daily was described astatine the clip arsenic including a 6:00 americium wake-up and afternoons spent studying mathematics and practicing calligraphy.

"One of Kane's favourite pastimes is simply a crippled of Othello and she's go an adept astatine the classical committee game, often beating rest-home staff," Guinness said.

Local politician Seitaro Hattori hailed Tanaka's beingness aft she died connected April 19.

"I was looking guardant to seeing Kane-san connected this year's Respect for the Aged Day (a nationalist vacation successful September) and celebrating unneurotic with her favourite soda and chocolate," helium said successful a connection connected Monday.

"I americium highly saddened by the news."

Japan has the world's astir aged population, according to World Bank data, with astir 28 percent aged 65 oregon over.

The oldest-ever surviving idiosyncratic verified by Guinness was Frenchwoman Jeanne Louise Calment, who died aged astatine 122 years and 164 days successful 1997.

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