Tane Ikai

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Tane Ikai
Native name 猪飼 たね
Born January 18, 1879
Kansei, Aichi, Japan[1]
Died July 12, 1995
(aged 116 years, 175 days)
Nagoya, Japan
Cause of death
Kidney failure
Known for Oldest undisputed person ever from Japan and Asia
Children 4 children

Tane Ikai (猪飼 たね Ikai Tane?, January 18, 1879 – July 12, 1995)[2] was a Japanese supercentenarian who holds the record as the oldest verified person ever from Japan and from Asia. She is one of only three verified persons from Asia to have reached the age of 116, the others being Jiroemon Kimura and Misao Okawa, also of Japan. She is the sixth oldest person, and the oldest Asian person ever recorded in history.

Tane Ikai was born on January 18, 1879 in the village of Kansei, Aichi Prefecture (now part of Minato-ku, Nagoya). She was the third daughter of six children of a farmer family. She married at age 20, had three sons and a daughter, and separated from her husband when she was 38 in 1917. She entered a nursing home at the age of 89 in 1968. In 1988, at the age of 109, she suffered a stroke and was moved to a hospital, where she remained bedridden for the rest of her life.[1]

Ikai became Japan's oldest person at the age of 113 in 1992 following the death of 114-year-old Waka Shirahama. She outlived all of her children and died on July 12, 1995, aged 116 years and 175 days. An autopsy indicated that she died of kidney failure.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Maier (2010) pp. 294-295
  2. ^ Associated Press (14 July 1995). "Oldest Japanese Dies at Age 116". Tulsa World (NewsBank). pp. F3. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 


Preceded by
Waka Shirahama
Oldest Japanese person ever
14 April 1993 – present
Succeeded by