Japan’s Kane Tanaka has been named by Guinness as the longest living person in the world. Till 9 March, her age has been recorded as 116 years 66 days.
Guinness World Records has officially declared Kane as the oldest person on 30 January this year. Weeks after that, the Guinness officials visited her house and there by a small ceremony they handed over the certificates for this record to Kane Tanaka.
Kane Tanaka was born on 2 January 1903. This was the year when Wright brothers first conducted powered flight! Kane was the seventh child of Kumakichi and Kuma Ota. On 6 January 1922, Kane married Hideo Tanaka. The couple had five children, one of whom was adopted.
Hideo owned a family business named ‘Tanaka Mochiya’. This was food shop selling sticky rice, traditionally Japanese sweet Zenzei and Udon noodles.
In 1937, during the Second Sino-Japanese War, Kane was called to join the army. Due to Hideo’s absence, Kane had to involve herself in the business. Along with taking care of her children as well as mother-in-law, Kane used to polish rice, making rice cakes and do other activities.
Nobuo, the first child of Kane and Hideko joined the army in 1943. During the Second World War, he was captured by the Soviet force. But was later released and returned to Japan in 1947.
Kane Tanaka had to gone under few operations in her long life. One for cataracts, one colorectal cancer and some others. But now she is living a peaceful and happy life in Fukuoka prefecture.
Kane Tanaka wakes up at 6 o’clock in the morning. She loves to study various subjects including maths in the evening. Playing traditional game ‘Othello’ is one of her favorite timepass activities, and believe me, she is very good at this.
In the ceremony held in Kane’s house to handover the certificates, the Guinness officials gifted her a box of chocolates. Kane quickly opened up the box infront everyone and started eating.
When she was lightly asked ‘how many chocolates she wants to eat today’, Kane joked in reply ‘100!’
Before Kane, the record of living for the longest period was of Jeanne Louise Calment from France. Born on 21 February 1875 in Arles of southern France, Jeanne was 122 years 164 days old when she died on 4 August 1997.
However the record of longest living men ever was held by Japan’s Jiroeman Kimura. His age was 116 years 54 days when he died on June 12, 2013.