Ja­panese takes world’s old­est man ti­tle at 112

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FEATURE -

MASAZO NONAKA from Japan was recog­nised on April 10 as the world’s old­est man, at the ripe old age of 112.

His fam­ily re­vealed his se­cret: sweets and hot baths.

Nonaka ( far right), who was born on July 25, 1905 – just months be­fore Al­bert Ein­stein pub­lished his the­ory of spe­cial rel­a­tiv­ity – re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate from Guin­ness World Records at home on Japan’s north­ern is­land of Hokkaido.

The su­per­cente­nar­ian lives with his fam­ily, which man­ages a hot springs inn.

“He needs a wheel­chair to move but he is in good con­di­tion,” said Yuko Nonaka, his grand­daugh­ter.

“He loves eat­ing any kinds of sweets – Ja­panese or west­ern style,” she told AFP.

“He reads news­pa­pers ev­ery day and of­ten soaks in the hot springs.”

He has seven brothers and one sis­ter who live nearby in the town of Ashoro on Hokkaido.

He mar­ried Hat­suno in 1931 and the cou­ple had five chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to Guin­ness World Records.

Nonaka was of­fi­cially awarded the ti­tle af­ter the pre­vi­ous holder Fran­cisco Nunez Oliv­era from Spain died in Fe­bru­ary aged 113, the or­gan­i­sa­tion said.

Guin­ness World Records is also cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing pos­si­ble con­tenders for the ti­tle of old­est liv­ing per­son, as no one has been recog­nised since Vi­o­let Brown from Ja­maica died in July 2017, aged 117.

Japan, known for the longevity of its peo­ple, has been home to sev­eral old­est ti­tle hold­ers, in­clud­ing Jiroe­mon Kimura, who died in June 2013 at the age of 116.

There are around 68,000 peo­ple aged 100 or older in the coun­try, the gov­ern­ment said last year. – AFP-Re­laxnews

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