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World’s Oldest Man Dies In Japan At 112

(FILES) In this Japan Pool picture received via Jiji Press on February 12, 2020, 112-year-old Japanese man Chitetsu Watanabe poses next to calligraphy reading in Japanese ‘World Number One’ after he was awarded as the world’s oldest living male in Joetsu, Niigata prefecture. – A Japanese man recently named the world’s oldest living male has died aged 112, a local official said on February 25, 2020. (Photo by JAPAN POOL / JIJI PRESS / AFP) / Japan OUT

Barely two weeks after being named the world’s oldest living man at the age of 112, Chitetsu Watanabe, has died.

Born on March 5, 1907 in Niigata, north of Tokyo, the Japanese died on Sunday at his nursing home in the same prefecture.


When he was recognised by Guinness World Records for his longevity. the father of five claimed that the key to a long life is to “not get angry and keep a smile on your face.”

Speaking on his choice of food, he said he has a penchant for sweets such as custard pudding and ice cream and this has not affected his health.

Following Watanabe’s death, the mantle of the oldest man in Japan is now Issaku Tomoe, who is 110 years old, according to Jiji Press.

However, it is not clear if Tomoe holds the title globally.

Japan has one of the world’s highest life expectancies and has been home to several people recognised as among the oldest humans to have ever lived as reported in Microsoft News.

They include Jiroemon Kimura, the longest-living man on record, who died soon after his 116th birthday in June 2013.

In support of the above, the last man who held this title was also from Japan. Masazo Nonaka died last month at 112 years and 266 days.

The oldest living person is also Japanese, Kane Tanaka, a 117-year-old woman.

The oldest verified person Jeanne Louise Calment of France died in 1997 at the age of 122, according to Guinness.

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