World’s oldest person is 116-year-old Japanese woman


A 116-year-old Japanese woman has been officially recognised as the world’s oldest living person by Guinness World Records.

Kane Tanaka, who was born on 2 January 1903, celebrated with a special ceremony on Saturday with her family at the nursing home where she lives in Fukuoka, in Japan’s southwest.

The seventh of eight children, she married Hideo Tanaka in 1922, and they had four children and adopted a fifth.

She is usually up by 6am and enjoys playing the board game Othello and studying mathematics.

The previous oldest living person was another Japanese woman, Chiyo Miyako, who died in July at the age of 117.

French woman Jeanne Louise Calment, who lived to 122 years, is the oldest person ever, according to Guinness World Records.

Guinness said the world’s oldest man is still being researched.

The man who held the honour, Masazo Nonaka, who lived on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, died in January at the age of 113.

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