One-hundred-year-old Dr. Tanaka celebrates with 150 people

One-hundred-year-old Dr. Tanaka celebrates with 150 people

Dr. Yoshio Tanaka receiving congratulations at the Laguna Garden Hotel in Ginowan City

May 4, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ginowan Rotary Club held a party to celebrate Dr. Yoshio Tanaka reaching his 100th year. Dr. Tanaka is currently 99 years old. One hundred and fifty people gathered to celebrate at the party.

Tanaka was born in Taiwan in 1918. He learned about a shortage of medical doctors in Okinawa in 1975 and got involved in improving communal medical care in Okinawa. He serves as the director of the Akamichi Clinic in Akamichi in Uruma City and sees his patients regularly to this day.

In addition to the Ginowan Rotary Club, Taiwanese rotary club members and patients also attended the event and handed him flowers and gifts. All the participants then danced the traditional “kachaashi” to congratulate Dr. Tanaka on his long and healthy life.

Tanaka showed his gratitude, saying “thanks to you all I am able to have the happiest birthday celebration in the world. Thank you.” He added, smiling, “I would like to keep going for ten more years. I hope to share energy with you all so you can stay healthy and well with dreams and hopes.”

(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma) 

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