Japanese woman turns 117 years old, extends record as world's oldest person

TOKYO, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Kane Tanaka has extended her record as the world's oldest person by celebrating her 117th birthday at a nursing home in Fukuoka in southern Japan.

Tanaka marked her birthday with a party on Sunday along with staff and friends at the nursing home, television footage from local broadcaster TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting Co showed.

Tanaka, whose birthday was on Jan. 2, took a bite from a slice of her big birthday cake. "Tasty," she said with a smile. "I want some more."

Tanaka was last year confirmed as the oldest living person, aged 116 years 66 days old as of March 9, according to Guinness World Records.

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Family and friends pray beside the casket of Sodimejo, locally known as Mbah Gotho, who claimed to be the world's oldest person at 146-years-old, in Sambungmacan village, Sragen, Central Java, Indonesia May 1, 2017 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. 

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Families and relatives attend the funeral ceremony of Mbah Gotho, an Indonesian man who claimed to be the oldest human in world's history in Sragen on May 01, 2017 in Central Java, Indonesia. Gotho died at 146 years old. He was warded at the hospital before this but insisted to be taken him home. The man outlived his four wives and three of his children.

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Families and relatives attend the funeral ceremony of Mbah Gotho, an Indonesian man who claimed to be the oldest human in world's history in Sragen on May 01, 2017 in Central Java, Indonesia. Gotho died at 146 years old. He was warded at the hospital before this but insisted to be taken him home. The man outlived his four wives and three of his children.

(Solo Imaji/Barcroft Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Families and relatives attend the funeral ceremony of Mbah Gotho, an Indonesian man who claimed to be the oldest human in world's history in Sragen on May 01, 2017 in Central Java, Indonesia. Gotho died at 146 years old. He was warded at the hospital before this but insisted to be taken him home. The man outlived his four wives and three of his children.

(Solo Imaji/Barcroft Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Families and relatives attend the funeral ceremony of Mbah Gotho, an Indonesian man, who was claimed to be the oldest human in world's history, in Sragen, Central Java, Indonesia on May 01, 2017. Gotho died at 146 years old, (unverified) He was based at the hospital before insisting to be taken home. The man outlived his four wives and three of his children.

(Solo Imaji/Barcroft Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Families and relatives attend the funeral ceremony of Mbah Gotho, an Indonesian man who claimed to be the oldest human in world's history in Sragen on May 01, 2017 in Central Java, Indonesia. Gotho died at 146 years old. He was warded at the hospital before this but insisted to be taken him home. The man outlived his four wives and three of his children. 

(Solo Imaji/Barcroft Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Families and relatives attend the funeral ceremony of Mbah Gotho, an Indonesian man who claimed to be the oldest human in world's history in Sragen on May 01, 2017 in Central Java, Indonesia. Gotho died at 146 years old. He was warded at the hospital before this but insisted to be taken him home. The man outlived his four wives and three of his children. 

(Solo Imaji/Barcroft Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Families and relatives attend the funeral ceremony of Mbah Gotho, an Indonesian man who claimed to be the oldest human in world's history in Sragen on May 01, 2017 in Central Java, Indonesia. Gotho died at 146 years old. He was warded at the hospital before this but insisted to be taken him home. The man outlived his four wives and three of his children. 

(Solo Imaji/Barcroft Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Families and relatives attend the funeral ceremony of Mbah Gotho, an Indonesian man, who was claimed to be the oldest human in world's history, in Sragen, Central Java, Indonesia on May 01, 2017. Gotho died at 146 years old, (unverified) He was based at the hospital before insisting to be taken home. The man outlived his four wives and three of his children. 

(Solo Imaji/Barcroft Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Families and relatives attend the funeral ceremony of Mbah Gotho, an Indonesian man who claimed to be the oldest human in world's history in Sragen on May 01, 2017 in Central Java, Indonesia. Gotho died at 146 years old. He was warded at the hospital before this but insisted to be taken him home. The man outlived his four wives and three of his children. 

(Solo Imaji/Barcroft Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Families and relatives attend the funeral ceremony of Mbah Gotho, an Indonesian man who claimed to be the oldest human in world's history in Sragen on May 01, 2017 in Central Java, Indonesia. Gotho died at 146 years old. He was warded at the hospital before this but insisted to be taken him home. The man outlived his four wives and three of his children. 

(Solo Imaji/Barcroft Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Families and relatives attend the funeral ceremony of Mbah Gotho, an Indonesian man who claimed to be the oldest human in world's history in Sragen on May 01, 2017 in Central Java, Indonesia. Gotho died at 146 years old. He was warded at the hospital before this but insisted to be taken him home. The man outlived his four wives and three of his children. 

(Solo Imaji/Barcroft Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

CENTRAL JAVA, INDONESIA - MAY 01: Families and relatives attend the funeral ceremony of Mbah Gotho, an Indonesian man who claimed to be the oldest human in world's history in Sragen on May 01, 2017 in Central Java, Indonesia. Gotho died at 146 years old. He was warded at the hospital before this but insisted to be taken him home. The man outlived his four wives and three of his children. 

(Solo Imaji/Barcroft Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Families and relatives attend the funeral ceremony of Mbah Gotho, an Indonesian man who claimed to be the oldest human in world's history in Sragen on May 01, 2017 in Central Java, Indonesia. Gotho died at 146 years old. He was warded at the hospital before this but insisted to be taken him home. The man outlived his four wives and three of his children. 

(Solo Imaji/Barcroft Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

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Tanaka's record age is symbolic of Japan's fast-aging population, which coupled with its falling birthrate is raising concerns about labor shortages and prospects for future economic growth.

The number of babies born in Japan fell an estimated 5.9% last year to fewer than 900,000 for the first time since the government started compiling data in 1899, according to Japan's welfare ministry.

Tanaka was born prematurely in 1903 and married Hideo Tanaka in 1922, Guinness World Records said. The couple had four children and adopted a fifth. (Reporting by Akiko Okamoto and Junko Fujita Editing by David Holmes)

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