World's oldest man dies in Japan at 112

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 on February 12

Guinness World Records is saddened to learn of the passing of Chitetsu Watanabe on 23 February 2020 who held the title of oldest person living (male).

He had five children, 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, according to his family.

Watanabe, the eldest of eight children, was born in Niigata in 1907.

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 on January 20 past year at age 113.

After graduating from agricultural school, he moved to Taiwan to work on sugar cane plantation contracts. The record holder lived there for 18 years before serving in the Japanese military during World War II.

Watanabe was able to find work at an agricultural office, where he remained in employment until his retirement.

At his nursing home, Watanabe filled the days with exercises, origami and calligraphy.

He grew fruit and vegetables on the family farm and loved cream puffs and bonsai, the Japanese traditional art of raising small sculpted trees.

The oldest living person is also Japanese, Kane Tanaka, a 117-year-old woman from Fukuoka.

Britain's oldest man at age 111, Bob Weighton, has become the world's oldest man following the recent death of the Japanese pensioner Chitetsu Watanabe. He and his son Tetsuo built a house on farmland, where Watanabe grew potatoes, tomatoes, strawberries and plums-a pursuit that he maintained until he was 104.

They include Jiroemon Kimura, the longest-living man on record, who died soon after his 116th birthday in June 2013.

In 2019, Watanabe told a local paper that the secret to his longevity was "to not get angry and keep a smile on your face".



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