Japanese woman is world's oldest living person at 116

Kane Tanaka was born on 2 January 1903

Kane Tanaka was born on 2 January 1903

A 116-year-old Japanese woman is officially the world's oldest person, the Associated Press reported Saturday.

Tanaka was born 2 January 1903, the seventh of eight children.

The oldest man that has ever lived was a Japanese, Jiroemon Kimura, who died in 2013 at the age of 116 years and 54 days.

At the ceremony with Guinness World Records, who presented Tanaka with the titles for Oldest Living Person as well as Oldest Living Woman, she was gifted with a box of chocolates, which she reportedly ate immediately.

She was surrounded by her family, and the local mayor also attended the event, it said.

She married Hideo Tanaka in 1922, giving birth to four children and adopting a fifth.

Her husband ran a business making and selling sticky rice, Udon noodles and a type of Japanese sweet called Zenzai.

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Asked what moment she was the most happy in life, she replied: "Now".

Her full age is 116 years and 66 days as of 9 March 2019 - the day on which she took the record.

Kane normally wakes each morning at 6 am and passes the afternoons by studying mathematics and practicing calligraphy.

As AP explained, Japan has had a string of the world's oldest people recently.

Although changing dietary habits mean obesity has been rising, it's still relatively rare in a nation whose culinary tradition focuses on fish, rice, vegetables and other food low in fat. Age is also traditionally respected in Japan, meaning people stay active into their 80s and beyond.

But Ms 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.

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