Kane Tanaka
Kane Tanaka being recognised by Guinness World Records, March 2019
Birth: 2 January 1903
Fukuoka, Fukuoka Pref., Japan
Age: 116 years, 138 days
Country: JAP FlagJPN

Kane Tanaka [Japanese: 田中カ子] (née Ota; born 2 January 1903) is a validated Japanese supercentenarian who is the oldest living person in the world whose age is validated by the Gerontology Research Group.[1]


Kane Tanaka was born on 2 January 1903 in Kazuki Village (now Fukuoka), Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. She was the seventh of eight children born to Kumakichi and Kuma Ota, and was also born prematurely. She married Hideo Tanaka on 6 January 1922, although they didn't meet before the wedding. They had four children and adopted a fifth. During World War II, she worked her family's store (Tanaka Mochiya) selling rice cakes and noodles. Her son Nobuo was captured by the Soviets, but was released in 1947. She continued to work in the store before retiring at the age of 63. In the 1970s, she visited the United States, where she has several nieces and nephews.

At the age of 103, Tanaka was diagnosed with colon cancer but survived. When she was 107, her son wrote a book about her, which discusses her life and longevity.[2]

Tanaka currently resides in Fukuoka prefecture. At the age of 115, she gets around with the help of a walker and has lived in a nursing home since 2005. She loves to write poetry and she can still remember her trips to the United States. She attributes her longevity to her faith in God.[3]

Tanaka became the world's oldest validated living person upon the death of Chiyo Miyako on 22 July 2018.

Following the death of Shimoe Akiyama, Tanaka became the last surviving Japanese person born in 1903.

On 9 March 2019, Kane Tanaka was officially presented with the "World's Oldest Living Person" and "World's Oldest Living Woman" titles by the Guinness World Records.


World's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Betsy BakerJennie HowellMarie CarstensonNancy RyanChristina Karnebeek-Backs • Marie Olsen • Mary Kelly • Elizabeth Kensley • William Fullingim • Hannah Smith • John Mosley Turner • Johanna Booysen • Marie Bernatkova • Ada Roe • Josefa Salas Mateo • Alice Stevenson • Elizabeth Watkins • Mito Umeta • Niwa Kawamoto • Sophia DeMuth • Marie-Virginie Duhem • Fannie Thomas • Augustine Tessier • Nellie Spencer • Emma Wilson • Mathew Beard • Augusta Holtz • Mary McKinney • Anna Eliza Williams • Florence Knapp • Jeanne Calment • Marie-Louise Meilleur • Sarah Knauss • Eva Morris • Marie Bremont • Maud Farris-Luse • Grace Clawson • Adelina Domingues • Mae Harrington • Yukichi Chuganji • Mitoyo Kawate • Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-Jordan • Maria Capovilla • Elizabeth Bolden • Emiliano Mercado del Toro • Emma Tillman • Yone Minagawa • Edna Parker • Maria de Jesus • Gertrude Baines • Kama Chinen • Eugenie Blanchard • Maria Gomes Valentim • Besse Cooper • Dina Manfredini • Jiroemon Kimura • Misao Okawa • Gertrude Weaver • Jeralean Talley • Susannah Mushatt Jones • Emma Morano • Violet BrownNabi Tajima • Chiyo MiyakoKane Tanaka