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World’s oldest person dies in Japan at 119

TOKYO (AFP) – A Japanese woman certified the world’s oldest person has died at the age of 119, local officials said yesterday.

Kane Tanaka was born January 2, 1903, in the southwestern Fukuoka region of Japan, the same year the Wright brothers flew for the first time and Marie Curie became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize.

Tanaka was in relatively good health until recently and lived at a nursing home, where she enjoyed board games, solving maths problems, soda and chocolate.

More details on Tuesday’s Borneo Bulletin