Congratulations to Kane Tanaka on reaching this incredible milestone! Incredibly strange to see Sarah Knauss in third place 😅
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Incredibly strange to see Sarah Knauss in third place 😅
My thoughts right now 😆 We will need some time to get used to it.
Congratulations to Mrs. Tanaka on this historical achievement!
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I still can not believe that this had happened. Ever since I joined the world of longevity, I always thought not only Jeanne Calment but also Sarah Knauss were so exceptional that they would stay in the top 2 for quite a significant time. I always thought these two were so special, as if they were the only two who had received this 'little extra gift' to make it to 122 and 119.
This all changed for me when Tanaka celebrated her 118th birthday. When she did, I thought to myself that I wouldn't have been surprised if she would also make it to her 119th birthday, which she did. When that happened, I was a little bit convinced that she would eventually surpass Sarah Knauss, which she did! To me, it feels weird that after ALL THESE YEARS, she is no longer on the 2nd place. However, that does not mean that Knauss became less interesting to me and as of now, she still remains one of my favourite supercentenarians of all.
I remember when Tanaka became the WOP in 2018. At that time, her age was still below that of Edna Parker (!) and almost four years later, she is still here! During these four years, she not only became the doyenne of her own country but also surpassed the doyenne of Italy, Jamaica, Canada and even the USA (if I could go back in time and told myself this, I wouldn't have believed myself).
I don't know what else to say. That is why I would like to say two last things:
1: Goodbye, Sarah.
2: Congratulations, Kane.
One thing that kinda puts into perspective as to how incredible Kane is - when she became Japan's oldest person, Japan's oldest man was Masazo Nonaka, born in 1905. The oldest man in Japan now was born in 1910 - a full seven years younger than her.
Kane Tanaka has now reached the age of 119 years and 100 days!
Well, at least Twitter is not ageist. Kane is still allowed to register 😉
Another remarkable thing: I would have expected either her 118th or 119th birthday or Chiyo Miyako's death day would have the highest value. What happened in September?
Ms. Kane Tanaka's new picture in this new twitter post:
Great to see a new photo of Kane Tanaka.
She is the longest regaining WOP since I am following sc;s, only Mary Kelly and Jeanne Calment has been the WOP for longer times since at least Betsy Baker. Also, in just less than 100 days she might reach 4 years of being WOP.
The tweet does say she’s in and out of the hospital lately… Well, guess it makes sense, she ain’t 118 no more..
Hope she recovers! <3
Thank you for your input. Let us now return to the subject of Mrs. Kane Tanaka.
I wanted to post this in the "Statistics" section, but it was neither a list, chart, or map. But a video. It's fun, because I have followed this guy for maybe 2 years now! (I take NMN :p) And (only) now he covers Kane Tanaka (but mostly a statistical study).
TL;DW: they estimate the probability that in this century someone will A) surpass Calment; B) reach 124; C) reach 127; and D) reach 130 at, respectively: 1, 0.99, 0.68, 0.13.
EDIT: My $0.02: it's fun, and probably useful, but I don't think most step function changes in (bio)technology could have been predicted...
Kane has now been WOP for an amazing 3¾ years! XO
RIP Mrs. Kane Tanaka... You are truly legend who gave courage and hope not only to Japan but to the whole world. People all over the world will never forget your name for centuries.
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Please forget about what I wrote in the private / trusted members only area of this forum. My mind has changed. (26 May 2022)
I hope that many members of the community will reconcile and more peaceful environment will come.
In wake of her passing, the Nishinippon Shimbun has republished an old article they wrote about her in 2010, when her biography was first published. It includes a photo of her at 107, holding her newly-published book.
Born in Wajiro, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka, while doing business such as mochi and udon shops, Kane Tanaka, who is 107 years old and still living well, followed the path of life, "Flowers and storms are ten. "Seven years old" was published by his second son, Tsuneo Tsuneo (80) and Reiko (75), the chairman of the paper container company, at his own expense. Her devoted efforts and her loved appearance are depicted, such as her babysitter and the absence of her husband and her eldest son who went to the battlefield.
Kako went to four houses one after another from the age of 12 after graduating from elementary school. She doesn't work. She also did sewing, farming and weaving. "I hear she was always loved by her sister, sister," Tsuneo said.
At the age of 19, he married his cousin Hideo, who had a mochi shop. She collected not only rice cakes but also pine needles from the pine forest of Saitozaki along with soybean charcoal and sold them as fuel. She opened a udon shop in the Hakata Naval Air Corps, which was located in what is now Uminonakamichi Seaside Park. After the war, she also worked on flower shops. The motto is "Don't throw it away. Live hard".
Since 2005, when his eldest son, Nobuo, died, he entered an elderly home. He also overcame cancer surgery at the age of 103. He draws pictures, practices penmanship, and enjoys tanka on a daily basis. He loves Othello games. He says, "I can't just study, so I'm not blurred. Curiosity and effort are the key to a long life."
I've left notes since I was a kid. There are about 10 notebooks now. Mr. and Mrs. Tsuneo asked Mamoru Hanada (79), an editorial board member of the literary magazine "Kyushu Bungaku", who was a member of Kashii Takashi, to write and publish the book.
Kako, who picked up the printed book, laughed, "I've been loved by everyone. I've come this far, so I shouldn't be the longest-lived person in Japan."
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