TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese girl acknowledged because the world’s oldest individual, Kane Tanaka, has died at age 119, simply months in need of her aim of reaching 120.
Born on Jan. 2, 1903, Tanaka cherished taking part in the board sport Othello and had a penchant for chocolate and fizzy drinks. She was certified by Guinness World Records as the oldest living person in 2019 when she was 116. In media events, she mentioned she was nonetheless having fun with life and hoped to reside till 120.
Tanaka died of previous age on April 19 at a hospital in Fukuoka, her hometown in southern Japan the place she spent all her life, metropolis officers mentioned Tuesday. Tanaka, who had lived at a nursing residence, was out and in of hospital solely lately, they mentioned.
Fukuoka Gov. Seitaro Hattori mentioned in an announcement he was shocked and saddened by her loss as he was trying ahead to marking the Respect for the Aged Day later this 12 months in individual over chocolate and fizzy drinks, as he needed to miss the event final 12 months as a result of pandemic.
“I may solely see her in an image exhibiting her with the bouquet and making a ‘peace’ signal (along with her fingers), however that cheered me up,” Hattori mentioned. “She gave the individuals hope for wholesome lengthy life.”
Along with her dying, the world’s oldest human is now Lucile Randon, a French nun generally known as Sister Andre, aged 118, based on the The Gerontology Analysis Group. In Japan, the brand new record-holder is a 115-year-old girl Fusa Tatsumi, of Osaka, the Japanese well being ministry mentioned.
Japan, whose inhabitants is quickly growing old and declining, had 86,510 centenarians, 90% of them ladies, based on the newest ministry figures.