Becoming the world’s oldest living person requires you to live for a very, very long time indeed.

The record for the title has just been extended to 117 years following the birthday of Kane Tanaka, according to Reuters. Tanaka currently lives in a nursing home in Fukuoka, Japan, where she celebrated her milestone birthday on January 2 with a big slice of cake. She was confirmed as the world’s oldest living person last year when she was 116 years and 66 days old.

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Making Tanaka’s age even more impressive is that she was born prematurely all the way back in 1903. She married her husband Hideo in 1922, and the couple proceeded to have four children together and adopt a fifth.

Tanaka will still have to spend some more time here on Earth if she hopes to claim the record for the oldest person ever to live — Jeanne Calment of France lived to be 122 years and 164 days old before passing away in 1997.


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