World’s oldest man crowned in Japan aged 112

Smiling Japanese Man Is World’s Oldest

Asked about the secret to his long life, Watanabe says: Don't get angry and keep smiling.

He was born on 5 March, 1907 in the town where he now lives as the first of eight children of his father Haruzo and mother Miya.

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.

Chitetsu Watanabe was presented with a certificate by the Guinness World Records after he was confirmed as world's oldest man living at 112 years old.

Guinness World Records on Wednesday certified Chitetsu Watanabe, a 112-year-old resident of central Japan, as the world's oldest living man.

He served in the military towards the end of the Pacific war in 1944 before returning home where he worked at an agricultural department in Niigata until his retirement. Kane Tanaka was born on January 2, 1903, and was certified as the world's oldest living person and the oldest living woman a year ago.

Watanabe at a sugarcane farm

The previous record holder, Masazo Nonaka, also Japanese, died last month at 112 years and 266 days. "Having to live under that circumstance with four young children must have been tough", Yoko said.

'I think having lived with a big family under one roof, mingling with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren helped keep a smile on his face as well'.

A lover of bonsai, the man grew the small trees and even exhibited them at local museums and art fairs until 2007.

He lived in Taiwan for 18 years.

Chitetsu, who also moved in with Tetsuo, grew fruits and vegetables of all kinds at the farm - from potatoes, tomatoes, strawberries, plums.

The current title is held by another Japanese man, Jiroemon Kimura, who was 116 years old when he passed away.

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