Japan’s Kane Tanaka ,the world’s oldest person, died at 119


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Kane Tanaka, a Japanese woman certified as the oldest person in the world, has died at the age of 119.

Japan's Kane Tanaka
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Local officials said Tanaka died of old age in hospital in Fukuoka city, western Japan on Tuesday last week.

Born on 2 January 1903, Tanaka was confirmed by the Guinness World Records as the oldest living person in 2019.

She was living at a nursing home and was in relatively good health until recently, enjoying playing board games, solving maths problems, drinking soda and eating chocolate.

Her routine in the nursing home included waking up at 6.00am and spending afternoons studying mathematics and practising calligraphy.

According to social media posts made by Tanaka’s family on 13 April, she had been “hospitalised and discharged repeatedly”.

There had been plans for Tanaka to take part in the torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics in a wheelchair,

she famously posed for photographers with a peace sign while drinking a Coke.

In her lifetime, Tanaka witnessed five Japanese imperial reigns and two world . She was born six months before British novelist George Orwell was born. 

Tanaka was the seventh of nine siblings and was married when she was 19.  She supported her family by running a noodle shop when her husband and eldest son fought in the Second Sino-Japanese War, which began in 1937.

Tanaka was confirmed by Guinness in 2019 as the oldest person on Earth at the age of 116 years.

Tanaka died in a hospital , on 19 April 2022, nine days after becoming the second oldest verified person ever.

Her died was announced on 25 April.

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