World’s oldest woman, Kane Tanaka, celebrates 119th birthday

World's oldest person, Kane Tanaka, celebrates 119th birthday

The world’s oldest person is 119 years old. Her name is Kane Tanaka, she lives in Japan and is fond of board games and puzzles, an entertainment that keeps her mind active while working on her memory.

World’s oldest person, Kane Tanaka, celebrates 119th birthday

The woman is the verified Guinness World Record holder for longevity. Tanaka leads the list of centenarians in Japan. The Asian country has one of the highest life expectancies: 87.74 years for women and 81.64 for men.

Japan, a country of centenarians

Japan also leads another ranking, the record number of people over 100 years old, which stands at 86,510 citizens. Women make up the vast majority of this group, while men account for around 10,000, according to the Ministry of Statistics.

Japan also has some of the cities called Blue Zones, where the population has a well-being related to good food, no stress, low pollution, a quality of life that is reflected in how its citizens reach old age.

Mrs. Tanaka had four children and adopted a fifth. She has five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Mr. Tanaka and his eldest son Nobuo were killed during World War II. Tanaka continued to run the family business until his retirement at the age of 63.

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