TOKYO: A Japanese lady licensed the world’s oldest person has died at the age of 119, native officers mentioned Monday (Apr 25).
Kane Tanaka was born Jan 2, 1903, in the southwestern Fukuoka area of Japan, the identical 12 months the Wright brothers flew for the primary time and Marie Curie grew to become the primary lady to win a Nobel Prize.
Tanaka was in comparatively good well being till not too long ago and lived at a nursing residence, the place she loved board video games, fixing maths issues, soda and chocolate.
In her youthful years, Tanaka ran numerous companies together with a noodle store and a rice cake retailer. She married Hideo Tanaka a century in the past in 1922, giving beginning to 4 kids and adopting a fifth.
She had deliberate to make use of a wheelchair to participate in the torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, however the pandemic prevented her from doing so.
When the Guinness World Records recognised her because the oldest person alive in 2019, she was requested what second she was essentially the most pleased in life. Her reply: “Now.”
Her each day routine was described at the time as together with a 6am wake-up, and afternoons spent finding out arithmetic and practising calligraphy.
“One of Kane’s favourite pastimes is a game of Othello and she’s become an expert at the classic board game, often beating rest-home staff,” Guinness mentioned.
Local governor Seitaro Hattori hailed Tanaka’s life after she handed away on Apr 19.
“I was looking forward to seeing Kane-san on this year’s Respect for the Aged Day (a national holiday in September) and celebrating together with her favorite soda and chocolate,” he mentioned in an announcement on Monday.
“I am extremely saddened by the news.”
Japan has the world’s most aged inhabitants, in line with World Bank information, with round 28 per cent aged 65 or over.
The oldest-ever residing person verified by Guinness was Frenchwoman Jeanne Louise Calment, who died aged 122 years and 164 days in 1997.