Kane Tanaka was born on January 2, 1903 in the ancient village of Wajiro, which is now part of the city of Fukuoka. He died at a hospital in that city on the 19th at the age of 119 years and 108 days.
Kane Tanaka, who married at the age of 19, in five different eras in Japan (Meiji, Taisho, Showa, Heisei and now Reiwa) and had set a goal to celebrate her 120th birthday next year, according to her family.
He had lived in a nursing home for a few years and regularly appeared in Japanese articles and television programs as a national celebration of his birthday or Day of Respect for the Elderly.
Chocolate was his favorite food and he also liked carbonated drinks, as has been seen many times in photos and videos posted by local media.
The elderly woman was scheduled to carry the Tokyo Olympic torch in 2020, postponed until 2021, but the worsening of the covid-19 pandemic in the country prevented that goal from being achieved.
The Gerontology Research Group (GRG) and the Guinness World Record have recognized Tanaka as the world’s oldest woman and person since 2019.
After her death, the French nun Lucile Randon, better known as Sister André, now 118 years and 74 days old, now holds the title.
The oldest Japanese is now 115-year-old Fusa Tatsumi, who is also the fifth oldest in the world.