Tokyo: The Guinness World Records on Saturday recognised Kane Tanaka, a 116-year-old Japanese woman as the world’s oldest person. Born on January 2, 1903, Tanaka presently lives in a nursing home in western Japan’s Fukuoka.
She was wished by the city mayor Soichiro Takashima and other well-wishers after her name was added to the Guinness World Records. Tanaka who enjoys studying maths and playing board games said the happiest moment in her life, was “Now”.
The 116-year-old married Hideo Tanaka in 1922 and has five children. She gave birth to four and adopted a fifth.
Tanaka normally wakes each morning at 6 AM and passes the afternoons by studying mathematics and practising calligraphy.
“One of Tanaka’s favourite pastimes is a game of Othello and she’s become an expert at the classic board game, often beating rest-home staff,” Guinness said.
Japan has one of the world’s highest life expectancies and has been home to several people recognised as among the oldest humans to have ever lived. They include Jiroemon Kimura, the longest-living man on record, who died soon after his 116th birthday in June 2013.
Earlier, the oldest person ever was Jeanne Louise Calment of France who died in 1997 at the age of 122, according to Guinness.