Tanaka was born Jan. 2, 1903. She loved Othello, and enjoyed fizzy drinks and chocolate. Guinness World Records rated her as the oldest person at 116. She stated that she still enjoyed life and wanted to live until 120.
Officials from the city announced Tuesday that Tanaka, who had been living in Fukuoka all her life, died on Tuesday due to old age. They said that Tanaka, who was a resident at a nursing home, was admitted to hospital for a brief time.
Fukuoka Gov. Seitaro Hattori stated in a statement that he was shocked by the loss of his wife and was saddened to hear about it. He was looking forward to celebrating Respect for the Aged Day later in the year with her family over chocolate and fizzy drinks as he missed last year's event due to the pandemic.
Hattori stated that she could only see Hattori in a photo of her holding the bouquet and making peace signs (with her fingers), but it cheered her up. She gave people hope for a long, healthy life.
According to The Gerontology Research Group, Lucile Randon, a French nun known by the name Sister Andre, has become the world's oldest person. According to the Japanese health ministry, Fusa Tatsumi (115 years old) is the new Japanese record-holder.
According to the most recent ministry figures, Japan had 86.510 centenarians. 90% of them were women.