World’s oldest person dies at 119

Kane Tanaka, Japanese woman believed to be the oldest in the world dead at 119. Kane Tanaka

A Japanese woman believed to be the oldest in the world has died at the age of 119.

Kane Tanaka was born on January 2, 1903, and saw the reigns of five Japanese emperors.

The local government of in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan said Tanaka had died on April 19, 2022.

Guinness World Records listed Tanaka as the oldest person in the world and paid tribute in a twitter post.

Tanaka’s secrets: Early to bed, early to rise, good food and lifelong learning.

According to the organisation, Tanaka was the second oldest person ever recorded behind Jeanne Calment who lived to the age of 122 although that is disputed.

Tanaka was born on January 2, 1903, the same year the Wright Brothers made their first successful flight.

She married at the age of 19 and had four biological children and adopted the fifth one.

In 1937, Tanaka’s first son and her husband went to fight in the war with China while she remained behind and sold noodles for a living.

In addition to the World Wars, Tanaka lived through the 1918 flue pandemic and the coronavirus pandemic.

She said eating tasty food and studying were her secrets to a long life along with going to bed at 9pm and rising at 6am.

Her family said she would do sums and calligraphy to help stay focused.

According to the Gerontology Research Group, French nun, Sister Andre born Lucile Randon, now becomes the oldest living person on the planet aged 118 years and 73 days.


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