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The oldest woman in the world, the Japanese Kane Tanaka, died at the age of 119 in Fukuoka, the city where she lived, local authorities confirmed today to the Spanish news agency Efe.

Tokyo, Japan | Born on January 2, 1903 in the ancient village of Wajiro, which is now part of Fukuoka city, Kane Tanaka died in a hospital in that city on the 19th, aged 119 years and 108 days.

Kane Tanaka, who married at 19, lived in five different eras of Japan (Meiji, Taisho, Showa, Heisei and present-day Reiwa) and had set himself the goal of celebrating his 120th birthday next year, according to his family.

She had been living in a nursing home for some years and her presence was usual in Japanese articles and television programs on the occasion of her birthday or the national celebration of Respect for the Elderly Day.

Chocolate was her favorite food and she also liked carbonated drinks, as seen many times in photographs and videos broadcast by the local media. The elderly woman was to carry the Olympic torch of the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020, postponed to 2021, but the worsening of the covid-19 pandemic in the country prevented this objective from being achieved.

Tanaka has been recognized since 2019 by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) and the Guinness World Record as the oldest woman and person in the world.

With her death, the French nun Lucile Randon, better known as Sister André, who is now 118 years and 74 days old, now holds that title.

The oldest Japanese person is now Fusa Tatsumi, who is now 115 years old, and is also the fifth oldest person in the world.

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