Published: Tuesday 10 April, 2018

It’s Official! Japanese is World’s Oldest Living Man at 112 – Guinness Records

Japan’s Mazaso Nonaka is now officially the world’s oldest living man! Guinness World Records bestowed Nonaka the recognition this week after the previous oldest living man, Francisco Nunez Olivera from Spain, died in February at the age of 113. A photo of Mazaso Nonaka holding the Guinness World records plaque has been released by the organization.

“We are very pleased to announce that we have a new record holder for the oldest living man. Mr Nonaka’s achievement is remarkable – he can teach us all an important lesson about the value of life and how to stretch the limits of human longevity,” announced Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records’ Editor-in-Chief, on its website.

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Nonaka, whose family manages a hot springs resort in Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, credits his long life to hot baths and his sweet tooth. His granddaughter told Agence France Presse that her grandfather eats almost any kind of sweets, local and the imported variety.

The supercentenarian also loves to read the newspaper daily.

Born in 1905, Mazaso Nonaka now goes around in a wheelchair but, other than this, his family insists his health is very good.

Japan is known for the longevity of its people and, in fact, according to the AFP, around 68,000 people aged 100 or older in the country. It has also held several longevity records in the past. One of these is the record for the oldest person ever (male) – Jiroemon Kimura was born on 19 April 1897 and died aged 116 years 54 days, on 12 June 2013.

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Meanwhile, the record for the oldest living (female) is vacant. No one has claimed the title ever since the death of 117-year-old Violet Brown (Jamaica) in July 2017.

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