October 2, 2023

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The world's oldest person dies at 119 in Japan

The world’s oldest person dies at 119 in Japan

Japanese Recognized as the oldest living person in the world Today, Monday, local authorities announced his death at the age of 119 years.

Ken Tanaka was born on January 2, 1903 in the Fukuoka region (southwest of Japan), the same year Marie Curie became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize.

Tanaka was relatively healthy until recently and lived in a nursing home, where she enjoyed board games, math problems, soft drinks, and chocolate.

In her youth, she had several businesses, including a pasta shop and a rice cake shop. Kane married Hideo Tanaka a century ago, in 1922, with whom he had four children and adopted a fifth.

She had intended to use a wheelchair to participate in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics torch relay, but the pandemic prevented her from being there.

When Guinness World Records recognized her as the world’s oldest person in 2019, she was asked at what point in her life she was the happiest and replied, “Now.”

Her daily routine has been described as: Getting up at six in the morning and in the afternoon dedicated to studying math and practicing calligraphy.

“One of Ken’s favorite pastimes was the game of Othello, and he became an expert at the classic board game, often outsmarting the house staff,” Guinness said.

Local Governor Setaro Hattori sheds light on the life of Tanaka, who passed away on April 19.

“I was planning to meet Ken on Seniors Respect Day this year (national date in September) and celebrate with soda and chocolate. The news makes me very sad,” he said in a statement released today.

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According to World Bank data, Japan is the country with the longest population in the world, with a population of 65 and over.

The oldest living person verified by Guinness is French Jeanne Louise Calment, who died at the age of 122 years and 164 days in 1997.

And Guinness World Records stated that it will conduct an investigation to determine who is the new person, who is considered the oldest in the world.