Kane Tanaka has prolonged her record as the world’s oldest individual by celebrating her 117th birthday at a nursing home in Fukuoka in southern Japan.
Tanaka flagged her birthday with a celebration on Sunday, along with workers and pals at the nursing dwelling, television footage from native broadcaster TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting Co showed.
Tanaka, whose birthday was on Jan. 2, took a bite from a slice of her big birthday cake. “Tasty,” she mentioned with a smile. “I would like some more.”
In early 2019. Tanaka was confirmed as the oldest living individual, aged 116 years 66 days old as of March 9, based on Guinness World Records.’
Tanaka’s record age is symbolic of Japan’s fast-aging inhabitants, which, paired with its dropping birthrate, is raising concerns about labor shortages and prospects for future financial progress.
The variety of babies born in Japan fell an estimated 5.9% in 2019 to fewer than 900,000 for the first time since the authorities began compiling data in 1899, in keeping with Japan’s welfare ministry.
Tanaka was born prematurely in 1903 and married Hideo Tanaka in 1922, Guinness World Records mentioned. The couple had four kids and adopted a fifth.