There are plenty of people who have lived the past hundred. It’s always fascinating to learn about the lives and works of these people since they have lived and breathed in different timelines.
But whenever we begin thinking in this path, one common question always pops up- Who is the oldest person living in this world?
The statistics for this seems to sadly change every year. But for now, the record for being the oldest person in the world is being held by a Japanese woman named Kane Tanaka.
Tanaka celebrated her 117th birthday on January 2 in her nursing home. But she wasn’t alone at all. She celebrated this milestone with friends and staff. Her momentous day was recorded by local broadcasters TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting Co.
In the video footage, she can be seen taking a bite of her birthday cake with a smile and saying “Tasty”. Later on, she said that she wanted some more of the delicious birthday cake.
It was just last year that Guinness World Records confirmed Tanaka to be the oldest person living in this world. On March 9, it was confirmed by Guinness that Tanaka was aged 116 years and 66 days. Kane Tanaka was born in 1903 but she was a premature baby.
In 1922 she was married to Hideo Tanaka. The beautiful couple had five children- four of their own and one that they adopted.
But Tanaka’s age has brought to the forefront a discussion which has been going on for a long time in Japan. This is regarding Japan’s rapidly ageing population. But it isn’t just the rapidly ageing population which is cause for concern, it’s also the falling birthrate which is causing problems for the island nation.
The situation is so dire that concerns are now being raised about economic growth and labor shortages. As for a solution, currently, there’s none that seem to be working. Yet, that’s a problem for a nation to solve. Tanaka has done her part and now it’s time for her to enjoy herself.
About the life of Tanaka Kane
Tanaka Kane is a living example of the rapid aging of the population, which has raised concerns over the country’s economic prospects and future workforce, where people over 100 have been censored, and the birth rate has been decreasing since 2000.
Tanaka and her husband had four children before feeding the fifth. Her husband and eldest son were killed in World War II, and she began running a family business on their own. She retired at the age of 63
Tanaka is the oldest person in the world today, but it is only five years before she holds the oldest record in history. At present, Tanaka Kane has five grandchildren and eight kids. Her Younger Son is 90 years plus.
In 2018, she said she wanted to live for at least 120 years. Her family says Tanaka enjoys soda and sweets regularly and has a great appetite.
She was born as a premature child in 1903 and got married to Hideo Tanaka in the year 1922 when she was 19 yrs old. The couple had four children and had adopted a fifth.
When asked about the secret of her longevity by local media, the oldest woman on the planet replied that she had never refused tasty food and had slept a no more long time. That’s why she managed to break the longevity record and never get sick.
They also recounted that women usually sleep about 15 hours a day and move around wheelchair facilities alone when they feel strong. The secret to a healthy and long life is to eat in small quantities
Reason of long life of Japanese in the world
The Japanese country is the nation where its citizens enjoy greater longevity, according to the ranking made by the World Health Organization. In addition, the Japanese are much more aware than Westerners about regular checkups, thanks to government public health campaigns. The Japanese have managed to concentrate on the healthiest and most tasty pieces of food in the world.
According to data from Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, 88% of Japanese who are over 100 years old are women.