World’s oldest woman celebrates her 117th birthday

Kane Tanaka celebrated her 117th birthday with friends at a nursing home in Japan.

Kane Tanaka extended her own record of being the oldest living person in the world by celebrating her 117th birthday with her friends and staff at the nursing home in Fukuoka

A Japanese woman has extended her own record for being the world’s oldest living person by celebrating her 117th birthday at a nursing home in Fukuoka. She took the title last March, when she was 116 years and 66 days old. Last year she said she wanted to keep living for as long as possible.

Kane Tanaka, who turned 117 on January 2 celebrated her new milestone with a party thrown by her friends and staff at her nursing home. A local television channel was also in attendance for her party.

According to the Guinness World Records, Tanaka was confirmed as the oldest living person 116 years last year. As per the organisation, Tanaka was born prematurely in 1903 and married Hideo Tanaka in 1922.

Tanala’s milestone is symbolic of Japan’s fast-ageing population. The country deals with falling birth-rate as the number of babies born in Japan fell an estimate of 5.9 per cent last year.


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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla.


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