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 reached the age of 115 and 116.[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