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Japanese Oldest Person in the World (117) Celebrates Birthday

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The oldest living person in the world today celebrated her 117th birthday. The Japanese Kane Tanaka, born in Fukuoka on January 2, 1903, celebrated her birthday with family in the nursing home where she lives.


Tanaka was the seventh child of Kumakichi and Kuma Ota born in the village of Wajiro in the Fukuoka region, on the southern island of Kyushu. She was born prematurely and was brought up with breast milk from nurses.

The Guinness World Record book recently recognised Tanaka as the oldest person on earth. She received that predicate when she was 116 years old and 66 days old.

The woman married her husband Hideo in 1922 at the age of 19. She had four children with him. The couple also adopted a fifth child.

Hideo died during the Second World War. His wife continued to work in a shop until she retired, selling the traditional Japanese pudding shiruko and udon noodles. In the 70s she visited the United States, where she has several nephews and nieces.

At the age of 103, Tanaka was told that she had colon cancer, but she recovered from the disease. In honor of her 107th birthday, Tanaka’s son wrote a book about her life and endurance. The elderly woman has a preference for soft drinks and sweets.

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