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The World’s Oldest Living Person Celeberates 119th Birthday

The World’s Oldest Living Person Celeberates 119th Birthday

Tanaka was born in 1903. She has witnessed all the historical events unfolding over a century and has seen the world go through numerous changes.

Kane Tanaka from Japan is the oldest living person in the world. She turned 119 this Sunday according to a Twitter post shared by Junko Tanaka, her great-granddaughter. The tweet read, "Great achievement. (Kane Tanaka) reached 119 years of age." She mentions that she last saw Tanaka in December and adds, "I hope you'll continue to live life cheerfully and to the fullest," reports CNN. She received a lot of gifts and wishes on the day that marked her 119 years of life.

Tanaka loves fizzy drinks and chocolates and celebrated this milestone with the staff at her nursing home in Fukuoka prefecture, south-west Japan, per The Guardian



 

 

Junko shared a photo on Twitter with two special commemorative coco-cola bottles that the company sent for her great-grandmother's birthday. The labels of these bottled displayed her name and age. Junko wrote, "Birthday gift 1: Introducing the presents received for Kane's birthday. Really appreciate this gift. Coca-Cola company made a commemorative birthday bottle. It seems (Kane) is still drinking Coca-Cola as usual."

Tanaka was given the honor of carrying the Olympic torch ahead of the TOKYO 2020 Olympics which were unfortunately postponed due to the pandemic. Junko spoke to CNN during that time, "I might be biased because I'm related to her but I think it's kind of amazing -- I wanted to share that with the world and for people to feel inspired and to feel her joy."

 



 

 

Tanaka was born in 1903 and got married at the age of 19. She spent her whole life working at the family noodle shop until she turned 103 years old. She has witnessed all the historical events unfolding over a century. She has survived two world wars, the Spanish Flu, and has seen the world go through numerous changes. She has also experienced five Japanese Imperial regimes and is also excited for celebrating her 120th birthday next year. The Guinness Book of World Records, recognized her as the oldest person alive in 2019, per The Guardian. Elji Tanaka, her Grandson, spoke to CNN, "I don't remember her talking much about the past ... She's very forward-thinking -- she really enjoys living in the present." Her family is extremely proud of her and says that she keeps her mind and body active by practicing math and still being curious about the world.

 


Kane Tanaka turned 119 on Jan. 2, making her the oldest living person in the world and the third-oldest person in history.

Born in 1903, Tanaka has lived through the Meiji, Taisho, Showa, Heisei and Reiwa eras of Japan. She was married in 1922 until her husband's death in 1993. pic.twitter.com/NcdwZL8psK

— Oliver Jia (オリバー・ジア) (@OliverJia1014) January 2, 2022

 

 

Japan has a huge number of people aged above 100, including Tanaka. The health ministry of Japan released an estimate in September, that the country has around 86,510 aged 100 or older. The life expectancy in Japan is also at an all-time high of 87.74 years for women and 81.64 years for men. However, this contrasts with the low birth rate of the country which has continued to dip even after continuous efforts. Tanaka did not meet any of her family members due to the visiting restrictions at her nursing home. She celebrated the day with the nursing staff, who says that she loves board games and uses hand gestures to communicate with the staff.

References:

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/01/03/asia/kane-tanaka-turns-119-intl-scli/index.html

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/03/worlds-oldest-person-celebrates-119th-birthday-in-japan-nursing-home

https://twitter.com/tanakakane0102/status/1477294276954701824?s=20

https://twitter.com/tanakakane0102/status/1477520367006920708?s=20

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/27/japan-shrinking-as-birthrate-falls-to-lowest-level-in-history

Cover Image Source: Juno Tanaka/Twitter (@tanakakane0102)