World’s oldest man crowned in Japan aged 112

Elias Hubbard
February 14, 2020

Chitetsu Watanabe from Niigata was today officially confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records as the longest living male at 112 years and 344 days old.

He was born on March 5, 1907 in this city which is located in the north of Tokyo.

He is now four years shy of being crowned the oldest man ever to live, a title which belongs to 116 years and 54 days old Jiroemon Kimura, also from Japan.

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.

Chitetsu is four years shy of the record for the oldest man ever, which had been held by Jiroemon Kimura (Japan), who was born on 19 April 1897 and passed away aged 116 years 54 days on 12 June 2013.

Yoko Watanabe explained Mr Watanabe's comments further when asked by Guinness representatives, and said that despite living with him for over 50 years she has never once seen him raise his voice or get angry. Photo: Guinness World Records.

While in Taiwan he got married to Mitsue who bore him five children.

After the end of World War II, Watanabe returned to Niigata and worked for the prefectural government until retirement.

Brown sugar is his particular favourite, but since he has lost his teeth, he enjoys candies that don't need a lot of chewing, like custard pudding or the cream inside chou à la crème.

Kane Tanaka, also from Japan is recognised as the world's oldest woman at 117.

For the next 38 years - until Chitetsu was 104 - they grew potatoes, tomatoes, strawberries and plums on the land together.

He often eats custard pudding or the cream inside chou à la crème.

Now living in a rest home, Chitetsu is not as active as before.

The previous record holder, Masazo Nonaka, also Japanese, died last month at 112 years and 266 days.

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