Kane Tanaka Children
Kane Tanaka Children – Kane Tanaka had 5 children. None of her children are still alive. However, she is survived by five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She had four children and added a fifth through adoption. Her eldest daughter died shortly after birth, their second daughter died at the age of one in 1947, and their adopted daughter died in 1945 at the age of 23.
Kane Tanaka Husband
Kane Tanaka Husband – Kane Tanaka was married to Hideo Tanaka from 1922-1993. Her husband was actually her cousin. Her husband passed away in 1993.
Kane Tanaka Career
Tanaka worked in her family’s store, Tanaka Mochiya, selling rice cakes and noodles during WWII. The Soviets kidnapped her son Nobuo, but he was released in 1947. Tanaka converted to Christianity after the war thanks to the influence of US military pastors stationed in Japan. She stayed on at the store until she retired at the age of 63. Tanaka and her husband visited Disneyland in the United States to commemorate their 50th wedding anniversary in 1972. Tanaka has family in the United States.
Tanaka’s husband, who had been married for 71 years, died in 1993. Tanaka had cataract surgery at the age of 90, and she survived a bout of colon cancer at the age of 103, requiring surgery as well. Her son wrote a book about her life and longevity when she was 107 years old. Tanaka enjoys calligraphy, poetry writing, Othello performance, and solving math problems. She enjoys drinking Coca-Cola and eating chocolate. Tanaka credits her long life to her belief in God.
Tanaka has been a resident of a nursing home in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, since 2005. She was reported to be able to get around with the help of a walker when she was 116 years old. Tanaka celebrated her 117th birthday with family and friends at her nursing home in January 2020. However, in January 2021 she was not able to celebrate her 118th birthday in the same manner owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In March 2021, it was announced by her relative on social media that Tanaka had been unwell shortly after reaching 118, but had successfully recovered. In a February 2021 photo, Tanaka was shown wearing an oxygen tube.
Tanaka was planned to carry the Olympic Torch during the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics torch relay when the flame went through Shime, Fukuoka, on 11 May 2021. Tanaka’s family expected her to be pushed in a wheelchair for the majority of her 100-meter leg, but she may have walked the final few feet before passing the torch to the next runner. However, because to an increase in COVID-19 cases in Japan, it was determined that this would not be safe.
Tanaka was immunized against COVID-19 in September 2021, making her the oldest validated person to get the vaccine.
Tanaka died on April 19, 2022, in Fukuoka, Japan, at the age of 119 years and 107 days. Lucile Randon of France became the world’s oldest validated alive person after her death, and Fusa Tatsumi of Japan became Japan’s oldest validated living person.