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GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS! 112-year-old Masazo Nonaka becomes world’s oldest living man [Photos]


Guinness World Records on Tuesday named 112-year-old Japan’s Masazo Nonaka world oldest living man.

The title holder was visited at his hometown of Hokkaido by Erika Ogawa, VP Japan for Guinness World Records to officially present him with a certificate for the iconic record.

Masazo received the title after Francisco Nuñez Olivera from Spain sadly passed away in February at the age of 113.

The Guinness World Records’ Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday in his reaction said they were pleased to announce Nonaka as the record bearer.

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He said,

“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.” 

Nonaka who was born on July 25, 1905, has seven brothers and one sister who live nearby in Ashoro, Hokkaido. He married his wife, Hatsuno, in 1931, and have five children with her.

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He now spends his retirement watching TV, reading newspapers and indulging in sweets and cakes.  He also likes to spend time with his family, either at home or in their B&B.

His record was confirmed after Robert Young, Guinness World Records’ senior consultant for gerontology and the co-director for the Gerontology Research Group had carried out an extensive research and evidence review process.

Before Nonaka’s recent record, the first oldest male was also a Japanese, Jiroemon Kimura, who was born on April 19, 1897, he died on June 12, 2013, at the age of 116 years 54 days.

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However, Jeanne Louise Calment from France remains the all-time record holder for the oldest person. He lived for 122 years 164 days, from 1875-1997.

Guinness World Records is currently investigating title holders for the oldest living female since the former holder, Violet Brown (Jamaica), passed away at the age of 117 years in July 2017.

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Source: Guinness world records