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: World’s Oldest Person. Kane Tanaka, Dies Aged 119

Kane Tanaka, the world's oldest person, has died at the age of 119.

Ms Tanaka was born on 2 January 1903 in the southwestern Fukuoka region of Japan.

It is reported that Ms Tanaka was in relatively good health until recently and lived at a nursing home, where she enjoyed board games, solving maths problems, soda and chocolate.

She ran various businesses in her younger years, including a noodle shop and a rice cake store. 

She married her husband, Hideo Tanaka, a century ago in 1922. 

Ms Tanaka had four children and adopted a fifth with her husband. 

When the Guinness World Records recognised her as the oldest person alive in 2019, she was asked what moment she was the happiest in her life. Her answer: "Now."

Local governor, Seitaro Hattori, hailed Ms Tanaka's life after she died on 19 April.

"I was looking forward to seeing Kane-san on this year's Respect for the Aged Day (a national holiday in September) and celebrating together with her favourite soda and chocolate," he said in a statement on Monday.