Kane Tanaka, the woman certified as the world’s oldest person, has just passed away at the age of 119.
Tanaka was born back in January 2nd 1903 in the southwest region of Fukuoka, Japan. This is the same year the Wright brothers flew for the first time and Marie Curie became thee first woman to win a Nobel Prize.
The board game loving Tanaka was in relatively good health until recently, living in a nursing home solving math problems and eating chocolate. Tanaka ran several businesses when she was younger.
She heralded a noodle shop as well as a rice cake tore. She got married in 1922, which is a century ago. She gave birth to four children and went on to adopt a fifth.
Were it not for the pandemic, she would have used a wheelchair to participate in the torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. Local governor Seitaro Hattori announced she passed away on April 19th.
Japan has the world’s most elderly population, with around 28% aged 65 or over. The oldest ever living person verified by Guinness was Frenchwoman Jeanne Louise Calment, who died aged 122 years and 164 days in 1997.