World's oldest man crowned in Japan aged 112

Cheryl Sanders
February 14, 2020

TOPSHOT - 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.

He was presented with a certificate on Wednesday at the nursing home where he lives in Niigata, Japan - he's 112 Years, 344 days old, according to Guinness.

THE OLDEST man in the world has revealed the secret to a long life- but it's something some us might struggle with!

Kane Tanaka, a 117-year-old Japanese resident of Fukuoka Prefecture, is recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living person following the death in July 2018 of another Japanese woman, Chiyo Miyako from Kanagawa Prefecture, at 117.


Watanabe was recognized as the oldest living man after the previous holder of the title, Masazo Nonaka from Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido, died January 20, 2019, aged 113.

"I've lived together with him for over 50 years, and I've never seen him raise his voice or get mad", she told Guinness.

Watanabe was an active gardener and grew fruits and vegetables until he was 104 and grew and exhibited bonsai trees until 2007. His work appeared at shows.

These days, he loves desserts such as custards and cream puffs, Guinness said.


He graduated from agriculture school and went on to work at Nippon Meiji Sugar, before moving to Taiwan to help at a sugar cane plantation. She lived to 122 years and 164 days before dying in August 1997.

GWR said he was also in the military in 1944 towards the end of World War II, and eventually had five children to his name. He worked for the local government until retirement.

Asked about the secret to longevity, Watanabe has this advice: Don't get angry and keep smiling. George Grow was the editor.


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