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Kane Tanaka
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Kane Tanaka at the age of 115.
Birth: 2 January 1903
Fukuoka, Fukuoka Pref., Japan
Age:

115 years, 315 days

Country: JAP FlagJPN
Validated

Kane Tanaka [Japanese: 田中カ子] (born 2 January 1903) is a validated Japanese supercentenarian who may be the world's oldest living person. At the age of 115 years, 315 days, she is the oldest living person in the world who is validated by the Gerontology Research Group.[1]

Biography

Kane Tanaka was born on 2 January 1903 in Kazuki Village (now Fukuoka), Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. During World War II, she worked in a store selling rice cakes, together with her husband Hideo Tanaka. After Hideo and her son died during the war, she continued to work in the store before retiring at the age of 63. In the 1970s, she visited the United States, where she has several nieces and nephews.

At the age of 103, Tanaka was diagnosed with colon cancer but survived. When she was 107, her son wrote a book about her, which discusses her life and longevity.[2]

Tanaka currently resides in Fukuoka prefecture. At the age of 115, she gets around with the help of a walker and has lived in a nursing home since 2005. She loves to write poetry and she can still remember her trips to the United States. She attributes her longevity to her faith in God.[3]

Tanaka became the world's oldest validated living person upon the death of Chiyo Miyako on 22 July 2018.

References


World's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Betsy BakerJennie HowellMarie CarstensonNancy RyanChristina Karnebeek-Backs • Marie Olsen • Mary Kelly • Elizabeth Kensley • William Fullingim • Hannah Smith • John Mosley Turner • Johanna Booysen • Marie Bernatkova • Ada Roe • Josefa Salas Mateo • Alice Stevenson • Elizabeth Watkins • Mito Umeta • Niwa Kawamoto • Sophia DeMuth • Marie-Virginie Duhem • Fannie Thomas • Augustine Tessier • Nellie Spencer • Emma Wilson • Mathew Beard • Augusta Holtz • Mary McKinney • Anna Eliza Williams • Florence Knapp • Jeanne Calment • Marie-Louise Meilleur • Sarah Knauss • Eva Morris • Marie Bremont • Maud Farris-Luse • Grace Clawson • Adelina Domingues • Mae Harrington • Yukichi Chuganji • Mitoyo Kawate • Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-Jordan • Maria Capovilla • Elizabeth Bolden • Emiliano Mercado del Toro • Emma Tillman • Yone Minagawa • Edna Parker • Maria de Jesus • Gertrude Baines • Kama Chinen • Eugenie Blanchard • Maria Gomes Valentim • Besse Cooper • Dina Manfredini • Jiroemon Kimura • Misao Okawa • Gertrude Weaver • Jeralean Talley • Susannah Mushatt Jones • Emma Morano • Violet BrownNabi Tajima • Chiyo MiyakoKane Tanaka