A Supercentenarian Is Not a Sure Thing 

Tuesday, March 9th, 2021

In the near future, the Olympic torch will be making its way across Japan, ahead of the Tokyo Summer Olympics. When it passes through the town of Shime, 118 year old Kane Tanaka is scheduled to carry it for a bit.

At 118 years old, the world’s oldest living person is preparing to carry the Olympic torch this May in Japan. Kane Tanaka, who has twice survived cancer, lived through two global pandemics and loves fizzy drinks, will take the flame as it passes through Shime, in her home prefecture of Fukuoka.

Good for her! Also, is there a backup plan?


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