International Desk: Kane Tanaka, the world's oldest recognized Japanese woman, has died at the age of 119. On Tuesday, local Japanese officials confirmed Tanaka's death.
Kane Tanaka was born on January 2, 1903, in the Fukuoka region of southwestern Japan. The year the Japanese woman was born, the Wright brothers flew for the first time, and Mary Curie was the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize.
Tanaka lived in a nursing home in Fukuoka. He was relatively healthy even before he died. She spent time playing board games in the nursing home, solving math problems, and drinking soda and chocolate.
At a young age, Tanaka ran a variety of businesses, including a noodles and rice cake shop. He married Haidio Tanaka a century ago in 1922. The couple has four children at home. They also adopted a child.
Tanaka planned to use a wheelchair to carry the torch for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. But his plans were thwarted by the coronavirus epidemic.
The woman, who was named the world's oldest person, died on April 19
When the Guinness Book of World Records recognized Tanaka as the world's oldest person in 2019, she was asked what was the happiest moment of her long life. In response, Tanaka referred to the recognition of Guinness, saying that now is the time.
Tanaka's daily routine was described during the Guinness Book of World Records. At that time, it is said, Tanaka wakes up at 8 am every day. The afternoon was spent studying mathematics and practicing calligraphy.
Guinness World Records says Othello's game was one of Tanaka's favorite pastimes. He also became an expert in classic board games. He often beat the rest home staff.
The woman, who was named the world's oldest person, died on April 19. Fukuoka local governor Seitaro Hattori praised Tanaka's lifestyle.
"I look forward to seeing Kane-san on this year's Respect for the Aged Day (Japan's national holiday in September) and celebrating together with his favorite soda and chocolate," he said in a statement on Monday. But I am shocked at the news of his death.
According to the World Bank, Japan has the oldest population in the world. About 26 percent of the country's population is 65 or older. Earlier, the oldest person in the world to be recognized in the Guinness World Records was Jean-Louis Calment, a French woman. He died in 1998 at the age of 122 years 164 days.