Kane Tanaka: the oldest certified Japanese woman in the world has died

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A Japanese woman officially recognized as the oldest person in the world has died at the age of 119.

Kane Tanaka was born in 1903, the same year as George Orwell, at a time when Japan was emerging as a world power.

She married a century ago and had four children. She spent her last years in a Japanese nursing home, where she enjoyed board games and chocolate.

With her death, the oldest person in the world is now Lucile Randon, a 118-year-old French nun.

Also in the year of his birth, Theodore Roosevelt was President of the United States and Edward VII was British King. The Wright brothers achieve the first controlled flight of their motor plane and the Tour de France is organized for the first time.

The following year, Russia entered the war against Japan, suffering a major defeat.

Tanaka was the seventh of nine siblings. She got married when she was 19 and ran various businesses, including a noodle shop.

Her husband, whom she had not met until their wedding day, fought in the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937 while her son fought in World War II and was held captive by the Soviet Union. .

Tanaka was to participate in the torch relay at the Tokyo Olympics but the Covid pandemic prevented her from doing so.

In addition to having a sweet tooth, she would have risen early in her nursing home, devoting time to mathematics and calligraphy.

At a ceremony recognizing her as the world’s oldest person in 2019, she said she was happier than she had ever been.

The oldest person of all time remains Frenchwoman Jeanne Louise Calment, who died aged 122 years and 164 days in 1997.

Japan has the oldest population in the world. More than a quarter of society is aged 65 or over, with diet, health care and the fact that many older people continue to work until the end of their lives have been identified as the reasons long life expectancy.

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