A Japanese woman who was Certified as the world's oldest person dies at the age of 119. This was revealed in a statement released by Japanese authorities
Kane Tanaka was born in 1903, the same year Theodore Roosevelt was US president and Edward VII was British king.
Tanaka was the seventh of nine siblings. At the age of 19, she married Hideo Tanaka, gave birth to four children, and adopted a fifth. She ran various businesses, including a noodle shop and a rice cake store.
With her death, the world's oldest person is now Lucile Randon, a 118-year-old French nun.
Tanaka survived cancer twice and lived through a multitude of historical events, surviving two world wars and the 1918 Spanish flu -- as well as the Covid-19 pandemic. She had been due to take part in the torch relay at the Tokyo Olympics but the Covid pandemic prevented her from doing so.
She had been living in a nursing home in Fukuoka. Her family said she kept her mind and body engaged by doing math and remaining curious.
Tanaka said eating tasty food and studying were her secrets to a long life, along with going to bed at 9 p.m. and rising at 6 a.m.