Kane Tanaka is a very special gal living in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, and she just celebrated her 119th birthday on Sunday. Those incredible three digits represent the age of the oldest living person, as tracked by Guinness World Records, and she seems to be doing just fine.
Tanaka was first awarded the distinction of the world’s oldest living person back in 2019 when she was 116, and later achieved the title of the longest-living Japanese person of all time just a year later, as per The Japan Times. A photo of the centenarian graces their related reporting on the incredible new record.
Interestingly, the world’s oldest living man is quite a few years behind, with Spain’s Saturnino de la Fuente García presently at 112 years old. The shoemaker and lifelong fan of soccer shared his own personal secret for longevity last year, in conversation with Guiness World Records: “A quiet life… and do not hurt anyone.”
As for Tanaka, she is presently in a nursing home and bides her time-solving number puzzles, and has an apparent predilection for “chocolate and carbonated drinks.” As a result of the pandemic, seeing her family has been a challenge, but her grandson Eiji (himself a full 62 years old) stated that “I would like to personally congratulate her soon… I hope she remains healthy and has fun every day as she grows older.”