Kane Tanaka's secret to longevity is “eating delicious food and studying"

The world’s oldest person has celebrated her 118th birthday.

Kane Tanaka was born on 2 January 1903 – the same year as the Wright brothers’ first powered flight.

Tanaka was recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living person in March 2019, when she was 116.

The 118-year-old also set an all-time Japanese age record last year.

Tanaka is currently living in a nursing home in Fukuoka and celebrated her birthday with her fellow residents.

The elderly woman exercises, plays board game Reversi and enjoys drinking Coke and eating chocolate.

Tanaka said her secret to longevity is “eating delicious food and studying. She hopes to live to 120 at least.

“It’s a difficult situation due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Kane is fine,” said her 61-year-old grandson Eiji. “I’m happy that she has fun every day.”

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