Tane Ikai

po_Ikai-Tane1Tane Ikai (January 18, 1879 – July 12, 1995) was a Japanese supercentenarian who holds the record as the oldest verified person ever from Japan and from Asia.

Tane is one of only two verified persons from Asia to have reached the age of 116, the other being Jiroemon Kimura, 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. 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.

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.Despite being Japan’s longest-lived native, and age 116, and currently in the Top 10 of world’s longest-lived people, Ikai was never the world’s oldest person, since Jeanne Calment was still alive at the time of her death.