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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

112 Year Old Japanese Recognized as World's Oldest

Guinness World Records has officially awarded Japan’s Masazo Nonaka the title of Oldest person living (male), at the incredible age of 112 years and 259 days.

Erika Ogawa, VP Japan for Guinness World Records, visited the record holder on Tuesday (10 April) in his home of Hokkaido, to present him with a certificate for the iconic record.

Mr Nonaka was born on 25 July 1905 – over a year before the Wright Brothers celebrated the First power-driven flight and just months before Einstein published his special theory of relativity.

He has seven brothers and one sister who live nearby in Ashoro, Hokkaido and his already large family grew further after he married Hatsuno in 1931, going on to have five children with her.

Masazo now spends his well-earned retirement watching TV - sumo wrestling in particular - reading newspapers and indulging in sweets and cakes.

Although Mr Nonaka believes his longevity is down to soaking in hot springs and eating sweets, his daughter thinks otherwise! She says it is because he lives his life in a way that doesn't bring him stress.

If he doesn't want something, he'll make sure everyone knows about it, she says.

The record holder for the Oldest person ever (male) was also Japanese. Jiroemon Kimura was born on 19 April 1897 and died aged 116 years 54 days, on 12 June 2013 – four years older than Masazo.

However, the all-time record for the Oldest person ever is held by Jeanne Louise Calment from France, who lived to an unprecedented 122 years 164 days, from 1875-1997.

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