OLDEST PERSON ALIVE
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 13th March 2019
Japanese woman named world’s oldest person
A 116-year-old woman from Japan has been officially recognised as the world’s oldest living person by Guinness World Records.
Kane Tanaka was honoured by the organisation in a ceremony at the nursing home where she lives in Fukuoka, a city in southwest Japan.
Her family and the city’s mayor also attended the celebration.
Tanaka was born on 2 January 1903 in the village of Kazuki (now part of Fukuoka), Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, on the southern island of Kyushu. Tanaka was born prematurely and raised on breast milk from women other than her mother.
She married Hideo Tanaka in 1922, and they had five children
During World War II, she worked in a store selling rice cakes with her husband Hideo. After Hideo and her son died during the war, she continued working in the store before retiring at age 63. In the 1970s, she visited the United States, where she has several nieces and nephews.
At age 103, Tanaka was diagnosed with colon cancer and survived. When she was 107, her son wrote a book about her, which discusses her life and longevity and is titled In Good and Bad Times, 107 Years Old. She was interviewed by KBC in September 2017 when she was 114.
At the time of Chiyo Miyako’s death (he held oldest man record), Tanaka lived in a nursing home in the Higashi-ku ward of Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture. She was still in good health and occupied her time by playing the board game Othello and taking short walks in the facility’s hallways. Her hobbies include calligraphy and calculations. She credits family, sleep and hope as her secrets for longevity. In July 2018 she said she would like to live another five years to the age of 120.
Tanaka has credited a strong appetite and her liking sweets, plus drinking three cans a day of canned coffee, carbonated drinks, and various nutritional drinks. Her great-nephew, Gary Funakoshi, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that Tanaka attributes her longevity to her faith in the Kami. Following the death of Shimoe Akiyama on 29 January 2019, Tanaka became the last surviving Japanese person born in 1903.
On March 9, 2019 Tanaka was recognized as the World’s Oldest Living Person by Guinness World Records.
Japanese people tend to exhibit longevity and dominate the oldest-person list.
Although changing dietary habits mean obesity has been rising in the country, it is still relatively rare. Japan’s culinary tradition focuses on fish, rice, vegetables and other food low in fat.
Age is also traditionally respected in the nation, meaning people stay active and feel useful into their 80s and beyond.
The oldest person ever was Jeanne Louise Calment, a French woman who lived to 122, according to Guinness World Records.
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