The world’s oldest living person, Kane Tanaka, celebrated her 119th birthday in Japan on Sunday.
Record-breaking birthday: Tanaka, who was recognized as the world’s oldest living person by Guinness World Records in 2019, was born on Jan. 2, 1903, and has lived through two world wars.
- The supercentenarian currently resides at a nursing home in Fukuoka Prefecture where she enjoys solving math problems, according to CNN.
- Tanaka is the seventh of nine siblings. She married at the age of 19 and worked in her family’s rice shop business until the age of 103.
- According to Kyodo News, she broke an all-time Japanese age record at the age of 117 years and 261 days. However, Tanaka’s goal is to reach 120 years old.
- Her great-granddaughter, Junko Tanaka, celebrated her birthday with a Twitter post along with photos of her great-grandmother. “Great achievement. (Kane Tanaka) reached 119 years of age. I was able to come this far with the support of many people. I hope you’ll continue to live life cheerfully and to the fullest,” she tweeted.
— 田中カ子 (@tanakakane0102) January 1, 2022
- Tanaka also loves chocolates and carbonated drinks such as Coca-Cola. The company gave her two personalized Coca-Cola bottles with her age and name as a birthday gift.
— 田中カ子 (@tanakakane0102) January 2, 2022
- “Birthday gift 1: Introducing the presents received for Kane’s birthday. Really appreciate this gift. Coca-Cola company made a commemorative birthday bottle. It seems (Kane) is still drinking Coca-Cola as usual,” Junko shared on Twitter, as translated by CNN.
- “I would like to personally congratulate her soon,” Tanaka’s grandson Eiji Tanaka (age 62) told Kyodo News. “I hope she remains healthy and has fun everyday as she grows older.”