112-Year-Old Japanese Is World’s Oldest Man
Masazo Nonaka, a 112-year-old Japanese national, has been recognized as the world’s oldest living man.
Nonaka, who lives in a family-run hot spring inn on the northern island of Hokkaido, was presented with the certificate on Tuesday by the Guinness World Records.
Erika Ogawa, vice president for Japan, presented the certificate to Nonaka at the Guinness world record office.
According to Guinness, Nonaka likes to spend time with his family and also reads newspapers, watches TV and indulges in sweets.
He was certified as the world’s oldest man after Francisco Nunez Olivera in Spain died in January at the age of 113.
Nonaka was born on July 25, 1905, just months before Albert Einstein published his special theory of relativity.
In 1931, he married Hatsuno and went on to have five children with her.
Nonaka, a former inn owner in the town of Ashoro, has seven brothers and one sister, who lives nearby in the town.
“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,” said Craig Clenday, Guinness World Records’ editor-in-chief.
The world’s oldest living person is Nabi Tajima, a 117-year-old resident of the southern Japanese prefecture of Kagoshima, according to the U.S.-based Gerontology Research Group. She was born on Aug. 4, 1900.