Kane Tanaka — World’s Oldest Person Dies at 119 in Japan

The world’s oldest person, Kane Tanaka, died at the age of 119 years and 107 days in Japan, as per Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare statement. Several local broadcasting corporations have also reported on the death of the Japanese supercentenarian on Monday.

According to the reports, the Guinness World Record-holder died at a hospital in Fukuoka city on April 19, 2022, due to old age. Kane’s family has also confirmed her death via Twitter. In an earlier tweet posted on April 13, 2022, the family reported that the 119-year-old had been in and out of the hospital. 

She became the world’s oldest living person in January 2019, following the death of Chiyo Miyako in July 2018. Kane Tanaka was 116 years and 28 days old when she held the Guinness World Records.

Before the hospitalization, the 119-year-old lived in a nursing home based in Fukuoka. Her family has reported that the Japanese supercentenarian always kept her body and mind engaged by solving math and exploring her curiosity.

Following her demise, Kane became the oldest verified Japanese person. However, the 119-year-old did not live to become the oldest verified person ever. Late French supercentenarian Jeanne Louise Calment holds the achievement, with a lifespan of 122 years and 164 days.

Guinness World Record claimed that they were saddened to hear of the passing of Kane Tanaka. The record-listing company sent their condolence to the Tanaka family and reported that the title of oldest person living is now being investigated.

Kane Tanaka Wikipedia

The Japanese supercentenarian was born in Wajiro Village, the Japanese Empire, on January 2, 1903. At the age of 19, the record-holder married Hideo Tanaka, a rice shop owner. Together, the couple shared four children and adopted two children. She worked in the family rice shop until she was 103. 

Kane was a two-time cancer survivor. Besides that, she lived through several historical events, including two world wars, the Spanish flu, and the Covid-19 pandemic.

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