116-Year-Old Woman From Japan Has Been Confirmed As The Oldest Person Alive And She's In Great Spirits


March 13, 2019 15:14 By Mambee

Apparently, Japanese people must be doing something right because, according to a report by the Guardian, the number of people aged 100 and above in the country is steadily increasing.

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In fact, as of 2018, the number of centenarians in the country reached a record of 70,000, according to the report.

And one person who is a part of this group is Kane Tanaka, who has been officially confirmed as the oldest living person.

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According to the Guinness World Records, Tanaka was confirmed as the oldest person alive on January 30, 2019, when she was 116 years 28 days old.

Tanaka, who was born on January 2, 1903, received her certificate of confirmation during a presentation ceremony which took place in her home in Fukuoka.

She married Hideo Tanaka at the age of 19 and together they had four children and adopted a fifth.

Tanaka has dealt with a few health issues over the years, including undergoing surgeries for cataracts and for colorectal cancer. Nowadays, she's healthy and in fantastic spirits.

During the ceremony, Tanaka was presented with a box of chocolates, which she immediately started eating, and when asked how many she wanted to have she happily replied "100."

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Tanaka also loves to keep her brain sharp. She reportedly wakes up at 6 am every day and, in the afternoon, she studies various subjects such as math. She also enjoys a game of Othello, which she now happens to be an expert at.

Tanaka is pretty close to beating the record of the oldest person ever. This honor was once held by Jeanne Louise Calment, from France. She passed away in 1997 at the age of 122 years and 164 days. 

Being the oldest living person right now is a pretty impressive feat, too. Congratulations Tanaka!

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