Japanese Kane Tanaka, born a year before the start of the Russo-Japanese War and the oldest person in the world, celebrated her 119th birthday this Sunday in Fukuoka prefecture.
Tanaka, born on January 2, 1903 in the prefecture, lived in the Japanese era of Meiji, Taisho, Showa, Heisei and what is now Reiwa, and hopes to be 120 years old as an immediate destination, according to relatives. Among the personalities born in 1903 are the British writer George Orwell, the director Yasujiro Ozu and the Japanese poet Misuzu Kaneko.
Tanaka was recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest person in the world at 116 years old in March 2019, and also achieved an all-time Japanese age record of 117 and 261 days.
Tanaka lives in a nursing home in Fukuoka, interacts with staff through gestures, and often challenges himself to solve digital puzzles. He loves chocolate and soda.
When the centennial received flowers from Fukuoka Governor Seitaro Hattori in Reverence for the Elders last September, he expressed his joy with a peace sign.
Tanaka, the seventh of nine siblings, married at the age of 19. He supported her family by running a noodle shop when her husband and her eldest son went into battle during the Second Sino-Japanese War, which began in 1937.
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