Tuesday, February 20

World’s Oldest Person Dies Aged 119

The world’s oldest person died in Japan at the age of 119. Kane Tanaka was born on January 2, 1903, in the southwestern region of Fukuoka. She died in a care home where she had lived for years.

In 2019, Tanaka officially became the oldest human in the world, according to Guinness World Records. She called it the best moment of her life at the time. She was supposed to carry the Olympic torch for the Tokyo Games, but that could not occur due to the coronavirus.

According to an executive at the care home, Tanaka liked to play board games, drink soda and eat chocolate. “Her favourite game was Othello, which she had become very good at. As a result, she often beat everyone in the care home,” Guinness commented.

Governor Seitaro Hattori said Tanaka’s passing saddened him. “I was looking forward to seeing her this year and eating chocolate and drinking soda together.” Tanaka had four children and adopted a fifth. She married in 1922.

Japan has the most ageing population in the world. More than 28 percent of Japanese are 65 years of age or older. The oldest person ever to be age-determined by Guinness was Frenchwoman Jeanne Louise Calment, who died in 1997 at the age of 122.

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