Kane Tanaka, the world’s oldest living person, turns 119 years old

“Great achievement. (Kane Tanaka) reached 119 years,” Junko tweeted, with a photograph of her great-grandmother, which she saw in December. “I hope you will continue to live life cheerfully and fully.”

Junko shared a photo on Twitter of two memorial Coca-Cola bottles that Tanaka received for her birthday, the labels personalized with her name and age.

“Birthday Gift 1: Introducing the Gifts Received for Kane’s Birthday. Really Appreciate This Gift. The Coca-Cola Company Made an Anniversary Birthday Bottle. It looks like (Kane) is still drinking Coca-Cola as usual,” Junko tweeted.
Junko spoke to CNN in March 2021 as her great-grandmother prepared to carry the Olympic torch ahead of the postponed Summer Olympics in Tokyo 2020. She launched her Twitter account in January 2020 to commemorate Tanaka’s life.
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“I may be biased because I’m related to her, but I think it’s a little amazing – I wanted to share it with the world and that people could feel inspired and feel her joy,” Junko said.

Born in 1903, Tanaka married a rice shop owner at the age of 19 and worked in the family shop until she was 103.

Tanaka has lived through a host of historic events, survived two world wars and the Spanish flu in 1918. Her life has stretched over 49 Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

“I do not remember her talking much about the past … She thinks a lot ahead – she really enjoys living in the present,” Tanaka’s granddaughter, Eiji Tanaka, told CNN last year.

Tanaka lives in a nursing home in Fukuoka Prefecture. Her family said she keeps her mind and body engaged by doing math and staying curious.
The Guinness Book of World Records recognized her as the world’s oldest living person in 2019.
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In September 2021, Spain’s Saturnino de la Fuente García became the oldest living man in 112 years. He was born in 1909 and endured the Spanish Civil War, working as a shoemaker.

He said the secret behind a long life is: “A quiet life … and does not hurt anyone,” according to one Press release from Guinness World Records.

Tanaka received congratulatory messages from Twitter users on his birthday.

“It’s amazing that as a 119-year-old she can look directly into the camera and make a peace sign,” said Twitter user @TuNatoron.
“Congratulations! Please always be healthy,” said Mee-san, another Twitter user.


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