During his Guinness World Records certificate ceremony at his home in Ashoro, Japan, Masazo Nonaka dug into his secret to longevity: a big cake with berries. The 112-year-old was named by Guinness Tuesday as the world’s oldest living man. He turns 113 in July.
Nonaka was born on July 25, 1905, and credits the feat with not only eating sweets, but regular soaks in the hot springs and reading the newspaper every morning. He also loves watching samurai dramas on TV.
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New record: Oldest person living (male). Congratulations to Japan’s Masazo Nonaka who we've announced today as our new record holder at the incredible age of 112 years and 259 days! 🎉 Erika Ogawa, VP Japan for Guinness World Records, visited Masazo-san on the island of Hokkaido, to present him with his certificate (and a celebratory cake). These days Masazo spends his well-earned stress-free retirement watching sumo wrestling on TV, reading newspapers, spending time with his family and indulging in sweets and cakes. He owns two cats called Kuro and Haru. "We are very pleased to announce that we have a new record holder for the oldest living man," said Craig Glenday, our Editor-in-Chief. "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." ______________________________________________________ #oldest #age #japan #guinnessworldrecords #officiallyamazing #hokkaido #old #celebration #centenarian
Nonaka’s family says he’s still very able, though he uses a wheelchair.
According to TIME, Nonaka is one of about 67,800 centenarians in Japan, which also has the highest average life expectancy: 80.98 for men and 87.14 for women, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
Guinness says Nonaka, who has survived all seven of his siblings, his wife and two of his five children, replaced their former oldest living man: Francisco Olivera of Spain, who died earlier this year at age 113. The current oldest living woman is 117-year-old Nabi Tajima from Japan, who is also the world’s oldest person (and is expected to be certified by Guinness).
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Craig Glenday, Editor-in-Chief of Guinness says “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.”