A Japanese woman who was officially recognized as the current dean of humanity died on April 19 at the age of 119, local authorities announced on Monday (April 25). It is Sister André, a 118-year-old French nun, who becomes the new dean.
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Kane Tanaka was born on January 2, 1903 in Fukuoka Prefecture (southwestern Japan). That year, the Wright brothers performed the first powered flight and Marie Curie became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize.
Kane Tanaka was relatively healthy until recently and lived in a nursing home in her home department, where she enjoyed board games, math problem solving, soda and chocolate. She had planned to participate in the wheelchair torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, but had given up on it because of the pandemic.
Japan has the oldest population in the world
When the Guinness Book of Records had awarded her the title of the oldest living person in the world in 2019, she had been asked what was the happiest moment in her life, to which she had answered ” now “. His daily routine was described at the time as including a 6 a.m. wake-up call and afternoons spent studying math and practicing calligraphy.
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Younger, Kane Tanaka had managed several businesses, including a noodle shop and a rice cake shop. She had married in 1922, giving birth to four children and adopting a fifth.
Japan has the oldest population in the world, and around 86,500 of its inhabitants are centenarians, according to the latest estimate from the Ministry of Health in September 2021.