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World's oldest person in southwestern Japan turns 118

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My paternal grandmother's father was born 1886. He served in the First World War and died 1966, just knowing this amazing lady could have met him is moving. Live longer lady!

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Amazing. Enjoy life.

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I was hoping her secret to longevity was going to be cigarettes and gin-tonics...so I’d know I’m on the right track.

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Congratulations! Unbelievable to be 118 and still be fine. Definitely a strong endorsement to be eating chocolate daily like her. Surprised she drinks coke and made 118, however!

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Eating delicious food and studying

Delicious food: I am Ok

Studying: I failed

Happy Birthday!

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What about the world's oldest person in southwest France?

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Only 118? She's a spring chicken compared to the world's oldest person in northeastern Japan.

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Good genetics and a strong mind are important too.

"I'm happy that she has fun every day."

Quality of live matters too. My mom always said, "getting old isn't for wimps."

She also said that she wanted to live life and that food + drink was part of living for her. Her mind was sharp and she was walking with a walker until about 2 months before her death. When I have to go, that's how I'd want it. Dad's demise was terrible, painful, and I wish assisted suicide were legal to help him on his way.

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My paternal grandmother's father was born 1886. He served in the First World War and died 1966,

You've beaten me there. Mine was born in 1989. Served in India in the First World War in the Cyclists Regiment and saw service in Afghanistan - very violent in 1919.

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Good news .

A few people have the genetic to live long ! Even by drinking coke.

My grandmother passed away at 92 a few years ago. What was good was she was able to live at home by herself until then.

Ms Tanaka needs to be in a nursing home at her age. but the more people can be in their home, the better it is although many do prefer nursing homes to make friends

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Mine was too old to serve in WWI, and died in '69 at age 93. My Gran was his third wife, my mom never wrote anything other than "retired" for father's occupation. Remember watching Neil Armstrong walk on the Moon with him on an old Zenith black and white tv not long before he died. The changes he saw during his lifetime defined the modern world.

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Ah-so

you mean 1889.

All my grandparents were born in the 1880's but didn't last half of her life time.

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If she was a baby when she turned 100, she would have been in college by now. That long.

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Good for her, I hope she get the 120 !!..

What about the world's oldest person in southwest France?

She died 23 years ago, genious..

A few people have the genetic to live long ! Even by drinking coke.

Start to drink that garbage champ..

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Happy Birthday, Kane Tanaka!

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One needs to read world's oldest living person.

JT, a change in title is needed.

(And Jeanne Calment lived in South East of France and had been smoking until very late and drinking a glass of porto wine a day til the end).

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If people would not retire, but continue working, they would live much longer...

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Went to eat at St. Marc (the place that gives you all the freshly baked bread while you eat) and I chuckled at their survey later, asking the waiter, "Excuse me. This survey has a space to circle the gengo for your date of birth. Ummm... who is going to fill this out and circle Reiwa?" He scrutinized it, scratched his head, and said it was probably printed for use with in the future. I then said, "So... why have Meiji on there? There isn't anyone still alive born in Meiji, and you're going to be using them in the future, and they are newly printed if they have Reiwa..." He scratched his head and admitted it was a little odd. But I guess I was wrong... there IS one person left born in Meiji, it seems. Congratulations to this woman, and happy birthday.

"Eating delicious food and studying."

I always get a crack out of the "delicious food" thing. Like when you ask someone what they like to do, and they say, "Eat delicious food." As opposed to eating NOT delicious food... like others might like?

And also, what if you think McDonald's fries and BigMacs are delicious? Is it the calming effect of doing what you enjoy that promotes longevity as opposed to HEALTHY food alone? If so, wonderful. Don't enjoy BigMacs, but you know what I'm saying. Anyway, hope she lives a good deal longer yet.

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FYI, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/long-life-retirement-community-60-minutes-2020-11-22/

A study of 90+ yr old people. What they've learned and what they still don't know. For kids born today, a good portion will live at least to 90 due to advances.

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