World’s oldest individual, Kane Tanaka, dies in Japan aged 119
Tanaka, who was born on January 2, 1903, died on April 19, the ministry mentioned.
Guinness World Data mentioned they have been saddened to listen to of Tanaka’s passing, and mentioned the information of her loss of life had been confirmed by senior gerontology marketing consultant Robert Younger, who additionally helped verify her document because the oldest individual alive again in 2019.
Tweeting about her loss of life, Guinness World Data mentioned: “She grew to become the oldest residing individual in January 2019 on the age of 116 years and 28 days.
“She can be the second oldest individual ever recorded, behind solely Jeanne Calment who lived to the age of 122.”
Tanaka’s household mentioned in a tweet earlier this month that she had been often sick just lately and “out and in of hospital.”
Born in 1903, Tanaka married a rice store proprietor on the age of 19, and labored within the household retailer till she was 103.
She twice survived most cancers and lived by means of a large number of historic occasions, surviving two world wars and the 1918 Spanish flu — in addition to the Covid-19 pandemic.
CNN beforehand reported on Tanaka throughout her preparation to take part within the Olympic torch relay forward of the postponed Tokyo 2020 Summer season Olympics.
The plan had been that she would take the flame because it handed by means of Shime, in her residence prefecture of Fukuoka, however in the end she didn’t take part, due to considerations about Covid-19.
Tanaka had been residing in a nursing residence in Fukuoka. Her household mentioned she saved her thoughts and physique engaged by doing math and remaining curious.
Tanaka’s great-granddaughter Junko Tanaka arrange a Twitter account in January 2020 to have a good time the supercentenarian’s life.
She tweeted photographs of her great-grandmother having fun with treats corresponding to cake and soda pop, and shared her achievements and the exchanges she had along with her kinfolk.
CNN beforehand reported Junko as saying of her grandmother: “I may be biased as a result of I am associated to her however I feel it is type of superb — I needed to share that with the world and for individuals to really feel impressed and to really feel her pleasure.”
In 2020, one in each 1,565 individuals in Japan was over 100 years previous — greater than 88% of them ladies. Authorities figures launched in July 2020 confirmed that girls have a life expectancy of 87.45 years in contrast with 81.4 for males.
Asserting Tanaka’s loss of life on its web site on Monday, Guinness World Data mentioned “the titles of oldest individual residing and oldest individual residing (feminine) are presently being investigated” and that additional particulars could be introduced in the end.