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Tane Ikai
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Born

January 18, 1879

Died

July 12, 1995

Tane Ikai (January 18, 1879 – July 12, 1995) was a Japanese supercentenarian who was the oldest verified Japanese person ever. She was 116. 

Tane Ikai was born on January 18, 1879 in Kansei. 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 age 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 age 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. Calment became the last living person born in the 1870s.

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