World's oldest person, a Japanese woman, dies at 119

A Japanese woman recognized as the world’s oldest person,

 Kane Tanaka, has died at age 119, just months short of her goal of reaching 120.

Born on Jan. 2, 1903, Tanaka loved playing the board game Othello and had a penchant for chocolate and fizzy drinks

In media occasions, she said she was still enjoying life and hoped to live until 120.

Tanaka died of old age on April 19 at a hospital in Fukuoka

“I could only see her in a picture showing her with the bouquet and making a ‘peace’ sign (with her fingers),

With her death, the world’s oldest human is now Lucile Randon, a French nun known as Sister Andre, aged 118,

Japan, whose population is rapidly aging and declining, had 86,510 centenarians, 90% of them women, according to the latest ministry figures.