World’s Oldest Man Turns 112 with the Help of Sumo

World’s Oldest Man

The oldest man in the entire world is 112 years and 259 days old. He was born on July 25,1905 and lives on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido. The age of this Japanese man has been verified and he credits his longevity to his sweet tooth and sumo wrestling television programs.

Guinness World Record Breaker

There was some extensive research into the origins and age of Masazo Nonaka of Hokkaido, Japan. Earlier this month, Guinness World Records presented him with a record-breaking certificate as the oldest man in the world.

Enjoying Retirement

Nonaka, has outlived his wife, brothers and sisters but has 5 children and a large extended family. He lives with his family and enjoys his retirement spending time with them and their two cats. Eating cake, soaking in hot springs, and watching samurai dramas and sumo wrestling on TV are his favourite past times. He also reads the newspapers daily.

Sweets are Nonaka’s guilty pleasure. Sometimes he even tries to feed his dinner to the family cats without anyone noticing, to save extra room for dessert.

Nonaka’s family believes that his reason for such a long life is because he has chosen to live life that is relatively free of stress. Although he does consume large amounts of sugar this hasn’t seemed to have a negative effect.

The Predecessor

Nonaka’s predecessor was a Spanish man, Francisco Nunes Olivera. He had lived to be 113 and passed earlier this year in February.
Prior to Francisco there was another Japanese man who passed in 2013 at the ripe age of 116. The oldest person ever on record was 122-year-old French woman who passed in 1997.

Long life in Japan

Japan is known for the longevity of its people. Currently there are approximately 68,000 people over the age of 100 living in the country.

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