117-YEAR OLD WOMAN RECOGNIZED AS JAPAN’S OLDEST EVER PERSON
Kane Tanaka, a resident of the city of Fukuoka’s Higashi Ward in southwestern Japan, reached the age of 117 years and 261 days on Sept. 19, which beat the previous confirmed oldest age ever recorded by Japan’s Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry set by Nabi Tajima, from the town of Kikai in Kagoshima Prefecture, also in southwest Japan.
Tanaka was recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living person was also certified on Sept. 19 as being Japan’s oldest ever person on record.
Tanaka has apparently been celebrating her second supercentenarian title by savoring some chocolate washed done with a Coca-Cola — her favorites — and spoke enthusiastically of her wish to visit the United States.
Tanaka was born on Jan. 2, 1903 — the year the Wright brothers made their first powered flights — as the seventh of nine children in the town of Wajiro in Fukuoka Prefecture, now Higashi Ward.
She married her late husband Hideo Tanaka at 19 years old, and managed an udon noodle shop on her own after her husband and eldest son Nobuo were sent to the front during the Pacific War.
After her husband’s repatriation following the war, the couple were baptized as Christians and ran a rice shop together.