The world’s oldest person has died at the age of 119.

Local officials claimed Monday that the world’s oldest person died at the age of 119.

Kane Tanaka was born in the southwestern Japanese city of Fukuoka on January 2, 1903.

Until recently, she was in pretty good condition and resided in a nursing facility, where she enjoyed board games, arithmetic problems, Pepsi, and chocolate.

Ms. Tanaka owned a noodle shop and a rice cake shop when she was younger.


She married Hideo Tanaka in 1922 and had four children, as well as adopting a fifth, over a century ago.

The epidemic prevented her from participating in the torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, which she had planned to undertake in a wheelchair.

Ms. Tanaka’s family claimed she intended to live to be 120 on her 119th birthday on January 2.

Ms. Tanaka was asked what moment in her life made her the happiest when she was named the oldest person alive in 2019 by Guinness World Records.

‘Now,’ said the woman, who was scarcely able to talk at the time.

Ms. Tanaka’s daily schedule included a 6:00 a.m. wake-up call and afternoons spent studying mathematics and doing calligraphy, according to reports at the time.

‘A game of Othello is one of Kane’s favorite pleasures, and she’s become a master at the traditional board game, frequently defeating rest-home personnel,’ Guinness added.

After Ms. Tanaka died on April 19, local governor Seitaro Hattori praised her life.

‘I was looking forward to seeing Kane-san on this year’s Respect for the Aged Day (a Japanese national holiday held in September) and celebrating with her favorite soda and chocolate,’ he said in a statement released on Monday.

‘The news has left me devastated.’


When she was 116 years old in 2019, Guinness World Records named Ms. Tanaka the world’s oldest living person.


At 117 years and 261 days old in 2020, she became Japan’s oldest person.

Ms. Tanaka married her cousin in 1922 when she was 19 years old, and the couple managed Tanaka Mochiya, a noodle store that offered udon, rice cakes, and zenzai, according to the Guinness World Records website.

In the second Sino-Japanese War, which began in 1937, her husband and eldest son fought.

Ms. Tanaka underwent cataract surgery when she was 90 years old. When she was 103 years old, the world record holder had colon cancer surgery.

According to World Bank data, Japan has the world’s oldest population, with approximately 28% of the population aged 65 and more.

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