World’s Oldest Person, a Japanese Woman, Dies at 119

A Japanese woman recognized as the world’s oldest person, Kane Tanaka, has died at age 119, just months short of her goal of reaching 120.

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FILE - Kane Tanaka, then 116-years-old, reacts after receiving a Guinness World Records certificate, background, at a nursing home where she lives in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan on March 9, 2019. The Japanese woman recognized as the world’s oldest person Tanaka has died at age 119, just months short of her goal of reaching 120. (Takuto Kaneko/Kyodo News via AP, File)
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TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese woman recognized as the world’s oldest person, Kane Tanaka, has died at age 119, just months short of her goal of reaching 120. Born on Jan. 2, 1903, Tanaka loved playing the board game Othello and had a penchant for chocolate and fizzy drinks. She was certified by Guinness World Records as the oldest living person in 2019 when she was 116. In media occasions, she said she was still…

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