Kane Tanaka from Fukuoka, Japan, has been officially confirmed as the oldest person living at 116 years 66 days old as of 9 March 2019.
Kane was confirmed as the oldest person alive on 30 January 2019 (when she was 116 years 28 days), and was presented with her certificates for that record and oldest woman living in a ceremony at her home.
Kane Tanaka was born prematurely on January 2, 1903, the year in which, according to Guinness, the Wright brothers launched the first powered flight. She was seventh child of Kumakichi and Kuma Ota.
In 1922, Kane married Hideo Tanaka just four days after she turned 19. The couple went on to have five children, 4 biological and 1 adopted.
In 1937, Kane’s husband, Hideo was called into the military during the Second Sino-Japanese War. This pushed Kane into becoming more involved in the family business, polishing rice and making rice cakes while looking after her children as well as her mother in law.
Kane’s first son Nobuo also joined the military in 1943 and was held captive by the Soviet Union after the Second World War, and did not return to Japan until 1947.
Kane has had to endure several operations including one for cataracts and another for colorectal cancer. Thankfully, she now lives a peaceful life at a rest home in Fukuoka. Kane usually wakes each morning at 6 am and passes the evenings by studying mathematics and practicing calligraphy.
One of Kane’s fondest hobbies is a game of Othello in which she has become an expert at the classic board game, often beating everyone in the home staff.
Japan has one of the highest life expectancies in the world and has been home to several people recognized as among the oldest humans to have ever lived.
According to Guinness World Records, the oldest verified human ever, Jeanne Louise Calment of France, died in 1997 at the age of 122 years 164 days.