Tane Ikai

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

Tane Ikai (猪飼 たね Ikai Tane?, 18 January, 1879 – 12 July 1995)[2] was a Japanese supercentenarian who was, at her death, the oldest person ever from Japan and Asia. She was the first person from Japan verified to have celebrated 115th and 116th birthday.[3]

Tane Ikai was born on 18 January 1879 in the village of Kansei, Aichi Prefecture (now part of Minato-ku, Nagoya). She was the third daughter of six children of a farming 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 12 July 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. 
  3. ^ 1879Gallery.html, as of June 6, 2015 Gerontology Research Group Retrieved June 21, 2015.


Preceded by
Waka Shirahama
Oldest Japanese person ever
14 April 1993 – 27 August 2014
Succeeded by
Misao Okawa