112-Year-old Japanese Man Now the World’s Oldest Living Male

Masazo Nonaka, a 112-year-old Japanese man who was officially recognized as the oldest living man in the world, says the secret to his longevity is bathing in hot springs and eating sweets.

Nonaka, from Ashoro on the island of Hokkaido, Japan, became the title holder three months after the passing of previous record breaker, Spain’s Francisco Nuñez Olivera, who had passed away last January at the age of 113, according to Guinness World Record.

The record certificate was presented to Nonaka on Tuesday in his hometown by the VP of Japan for Guinness World Records, Erika Ogawa.

Nonaka was born on July 25, 1905, a little more than a year after the Wright Brothers invented the first successful airplane and made brief flights at Kitty Hawk in North Carolina on December 17, 1903. It is also the year when the Taft-Katsura Agreement took place and months before Albert Einstein officially published his special theory of relativity.

Nonaka, who was a farmer and lumberjack before running a hot spring in his hometown, has a fairly large family with six brothers and one sister. He married his wife, Katsuno, in 1931 and raised two sons and three daughters together, Reuters reported.

Nonaka may be the oldest living male in the world, but the oldest man to ever live was Jiroemon Kimura, who was also Japanese. He was born on April 19, 1897 and died at the age of 116 years and 54 days in June 2013, according to Guinness.

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