The Tanaka family will miss their cheerful, happy-go-lucky friend who brought only joy.

Japan lost the oldest living individual in the world, aged 119 years old. As per the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare, Kane Tanaka was born on January 2, 1903, and passed away on April 19. Tanaka’s family announced via social networks earlier in the month to announce that she had fallen sick frequently and was often in and out of the hospital. Robert Young, a senior gerontology specialist who certified Tanaka’s title as the world’s most senior person in the year 2019, announced her demise. In an official Tweet, Guinness World Records expressed their sorrow over the loss of Tanaka.

In January of 2019, she became the oldest living being at the age of 116 and 28 days. She’s also the second-oldest person recorded in history, just behind Jeanne Calment, who lived to the age of 122.

Tanaka got married to a rice shop owner at the age of 19 and was employed there until she reached aged 103. She was a part of two world wars: the Spanish Flu in 1918, the Second Sino-Japanese War, and the most recent COVID-19 epidemic, as well as other historical instances. Tanaka was the sixth of nine siblings and had already been twice beaten by cancer.

Junko, her great-granddaughter, created her Twitter page in the month of January 2020 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of her birth.

She posted several pictures of Tanaka enjoying a cake while drinking Coca-Cola. In the past, Junko had said, “I may be biased since we are related. However, I think it’s pretty cool and wanted to show it to the world, and I was hoping to bring her joy to the world.”

Because of Coronavirus restrictions, her family was unable to mark her birthday with her family in January.

However, her family and friends didn’t let this stop them from wishing her a very happy anniversary in every manner they were able to. The 62-year-old Eiji, her grandchild, declared, “I will personally congratulate her in the near future.”

As she grows older, I would like to see her stay fit and have fun every day,” He said. Noting Tanaka had a goal in her life of turning 120 years old. However, she passed away before she had achieved that goal.

CNN states that one-person aged 1565 in Japan will be 100 years old in 2020, and 88 % of them are women. Statistics released in July 2020 reveal that females have an average expectation of 87.45 years, while men have an average in the range of 81.4 years. The title of an oldest living person, as well as the longest-lived individual (female), are being studied, Guinness World Records said.

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