Photo by 2019 Guinness World Records Ltd via Jiji Press
Chitetsu Watanabe, a Japanese man who was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest living male, has passed away at 112, according to a local official.
The Japanese man was born on March 5, 1907, in Niigata, north of Tokyo.
He passed away in his nursing home in the same prefecture, an official said.
His death occurred less than two weeks after he was recognized as the oldest living male.
Watanabe said the secret to longevity was to “not get angry and keep a smile on your face”.
He revealed that he had a penchant for sweets such as custard pudding and ice cream.
At present, the oldest man in Japan is Issaku Tomoe, who is 110 years old, according to Jiji Press. However, it was not clear if Tomoe holds the title globally.
Meanwhile, the oldest living person is also Japanese, Kane Tanaka, a 117-year-old woman.
Japan has one of the world’s highest life expectancies and has been home to several people recognized as among the oldest humans to have ever lived.
The overall oldest living person on record is Jeanne Louise Calment of France who died in 1997 at the age of 122, according to Guinness.
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