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World’s oldest person, Kane Tanaka, dies at 119 in Japan

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Tokyo: Kane Tanaka, who was thought to be the world’s oldest person, died on Monday at the age of 119, according to national broadcaster.

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Tanaka, who was born on January 2, 1903, the year of the Wright Brothers’ first controlled flight of their motor-driven aeroplane, was verified as the world’s oldest surviving person by Guinness World Records in 2019.

She died of old age on April 19 at a hospital in Fukuoka, western Japan, according to the broadcaster. She had a fondness for chocolate and carbonated beverages throughout her life, according to the broadcaster.

Japan’s population is shrinking and quickly ageing. In September of last year, the country had 86,510 centenarians, with nine out of ten of them being women.

Jeanne Louise Calment, a Frenchwoman, was the oldest surviving person confirmed by Guinness when she died in 1997 at the age of 122 years and 164 days.

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