Kane Tanaka

Kane Tanaka (田中カ子, Tanaka Kane, born 2 January 1903) is a Japanese supercentenarian who, at age 117 years, 187 days, is the world's oldest verified living person,[1] and the seventh verified oldest person in recorded history.

Kane Tanaka
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Kane Tanaka in 2020, aged 117
Born(1903-01-02)2 January 1903 (age 117 years, 187 days)
Wajiro Village (now Higashi-ku, Fukuoka), Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
Known forOldest living person
(22 July 2018 – present)
Hideo Tanaka (m. 1922)
Children5 (4 biological, 1 adopted)
Parent(s)Kumakichi and Kuma Ota


Tanaka was born Kane Ota on 2 January 1903, the seventh child to Kumakichi and Kuma Ota, in the village of Wajiro (now part of Higashi-ku, Fukuoka), on the southern island of Kyushu.[2] Born in the waning years of the Meiji era, Tanaka was premature and raised on breast milk from nurses.[3] She married Hideo Tanaka in 1922; they had four biological children and adopted a fifth child.[4] They worked in a store selling shiruko and udon noodles. After her husband and her son died during World War II, Tanaka continued working in the store, ando, and took short walks in the facility's hallways.[5] Her hobbies include calligraphy and calculations.[6] She credits family, sleep and hope as her secrets for longevity.[7] She said she would like to live to the age of 120.[2]

Tanaka has a strong appetite and likes sweets; she drinks three cans a day of canned coffee, sodas, and various nutritional drinks.[2][6]

On 9th March 2019, Guinness World Records named her the world's oldest living person.[4]

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  1. ^ "Validated Living Supercentenarians". grg.org. Gerontology Research Group. 19 October 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2017. The Gerontology Research Group (GRG) lists people as living whose age has been validated and confirmed to be alive within the past year.
  2. ^ a b c Kashiwagi, Toshihiro (27 July 2018). 国内最高齢115歳、入所者励ます「頑張りんしゃい」 [At 115, the oldest man in Japan advises citizens to "try hard"]. Asahi Shimbun (in Japanese). Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  3. ^ Hoda, Masashi (27 July 2018). 田中カ子さん115歳「-死ぬ気全然せんです」 [Japan's oldest woman, Kanako Tanaka, at 115: "I do not feel like dying at all"]. Mainichi Shimbun (in Japanese). Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b Senda, Masakazu (9 March 2019). "World's oldest person confirmed as 116-year-old Kane Tanaka from Japan". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Japan's oldest person Chiyo Miyako dies at 117". The Japan Times. Kyodo. 27 July 2018. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  6. ^ a b 115歳国内最高齢の田中カ子さん「みんなのおかげ」と感謝 カフェオレ毎日3、4本 [Oldest person in the country, Kane Tanaka, 115, says "thanks to everyone" and enjoys 3 or 4 café au lait every day]. Sankei Shimbun (in Japanese). 27 July 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  7. ^ Brennan, David (27 July 2018). "Who is the World's oldest Person? Chiyo Miyako Dies At 117, Passing Title To Kane Tanaka". Newsweek. Retrieved 27 July 2018.

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