The world’s oldest living person will carry the Olympic torch in Japan


The world’s oldest living person, a woman, is preparing to carry the Olympic torch this May in Japan. Kane Tanaka, 118 old, will take the flame as it passes through Shime, in her home prefecture of Fukuoka. She lived through two world wars and the 1918 Spanish flu. Kane Tanaka loves fizzy drinks and plays maths games every day. She has four children, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Tanaka now lives in a nursing home, where she usually wakes at 6 a.m. and enjoys playing the strategic board game Othello. In Japan, women have a life expectancy of 87.45 years compared to 81.4 for men, government figures released in July 2020 showed.


In 2019, the Guinness Book of World Records certified Tanaka as the world’s oldest living person. She is excited to be a part of the Olympics and she really enjoys living in the present. “She has always loved festivals,” Eiji Tanaka said. Tanaka’s family have not been able to visit her for 18 months during the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic-delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay starts in Fukushima prefecture on March 25 with several Covid-19 countermeasures in place, officials announced last month. orchbearers will be required to fill out a daily health checklist two weeks before the relay and refrain from activities that may involve a risk of infection, such as eating out or going to crowded places.