The world's oldest person, 116-year-old Kane Tanaka, was announced on 9 March 2019

A new record has been set for the oldest person living by Japanese Kane Tanaka, who is... 116 years old!👵😲

 She is from Fukuoka, Japan, and was 116 years 66 days old as of 9 March 2019. 📅

How old is Kane compared to you

Kane's record-breaking age was officially recognised on 30 January 2019 (when she was 116 years 28 days old). 

Oldest person Kane Tanaka

Kane was born on 2 January 1903.

She was born before the internet, before TV, and even before radio was mainstream!

Kane (front row, centre) with her brothers and sisters

What else happened in 1903?

  • First ever aeroplane flight (This was done by Wilbur and Orville Wright, two brothers from the US. Looking very different from our modern planes, their plane was built from wood and the flight only lasted 12 seconds!)
  • The first regular radio broadcast between the US and England was made (though the quality wasn't great!)
  • The Tour-de-France tournament started 
  • The first ever teddy bear toy was introduced in America 

Kane got married in 1922, four days after her 19th birthday. 👰

Kane married a man named Hideo, and their wedding day was the first time they met. 

Though this seems strange to us now, this was not unusual in Japan at the time.  

Photos with family and relatives. From left: Hideo Tanaka, Kane Tanaka, Nobuo Tanaka, Tsuruko Kunimasa, Toyoko Nakamura

Hideo ran a family business which made and sold sticky rice, Zenzai (a type of Japanese sweet), and Udon noodles.

But Hideo was a soldier, and when he left to fight, Kane became more involved in running the family business.

From right: Kane Tanaka, Hana and Nao Sakai (sisters), Kiyoshi Ota (younger brother)

Kane now lives a peaceful life at a rest home in Fukuoka. 

She normally wakes up at 6 a.m, and in the afternoon often studies subjects such as maths - for fun! 😨

Maybe we should all start doing more maths? 

Oldest person living Kane Tanaka arriving

One of her favourite games is Othello and she's become an expert at the board game. 

When given her certificate, Kane was given a box of chocolates which she immediately opened and started eating. 😋

Later she was asked how many chocolates she wants to eat today, and replied: "100." We relate, Kane! 🍫

Oldest person living and adjudicator

116-year-old Kane is six years younger that the late Jeanne Louise Calment (France) who holds the record for the oldest person ever.

Jeanne was born in 1875 and lived to the age of 122 years 164 days. 👵