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Kikue Tanaka

Validated By: On Date: May. 26th 2019

Kikue Tanaka (Japanese: 田中キクエ) was a Japanese supercentenarian who was the oldest living person in Kagoshima Prefecture upon her death. Her age has been validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) and recognised by LongeviQuest (LQ).

Biography

Tanaka was born in Kagoshima Prefecture on 25 February 1907. She lost her husband, Ukichi, at the age of 31, and raised their two daughters by herself; she worked on a farm, as well as a day labourer in civil engineering.

As a centenarian, Tanaka lived with her elder daughter and enjoyed occasional walks with her younger daughter, who lived nearby. It was reported that she enjoyed watching sumo wrestling, ate any food with no particular dislikes, and had a positive personality.

Following the death of 114-year-old Tane Yonekura on 19 May 2018, Tanaka became the oldest resident of Kagoshima. She died in Minamisatsuma City on 15 January 2020 at the age of 112 years, 324 days, and was succeeded as the prefecture’s oldest living person by Shimi Kushiyama, then aged 110.

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Recognition

Tanaka’s age was verified by Ayuta Tomomura and Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare, and was validated by the GRG on 26 May 2019.

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