Guinness World Records honours Japanese woman, Kane Tanaka as world’s oldest person at 116

A 116-year-old Japanese woman, Kane Tanaka, oldest person on earth, who loves playing the board game Othello,was honored Saturday as the world’s oldest living person by Guinness World Records.

Guinness World Records recognised her in a ceremony at the nursing home where she lives in Fukuoka, in Japan’s southwest, with her family and the mayor present to celebrate her,

Kane Tanaka was born January 2, 1903, the seventh among eight children. She married Hideo Tanaka in 1922, and they had four children and adopted another child.She is usually up by 6 a.m. and enjoys studying mathematics

Tanaka is a few years off being oldest person ever, an achievement of a French woman, Jeanne Louise Calment, who lived to 122 years, according to Guinness World Records.

The previous oldest living person was another Japanese woman, Chiyo Miyako, who died in July at age 117. The oldest person prior to Miyako was also Japanese. Japanese tend to exhibit longevity and dominate the oldest-person list.

Guinness said the world’s oldest man is still under investigation after the man who had the honors, Masazo Nonaka, living on Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido, died in January at 113.

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