World's oldest man crowned in Japan aged 112

Smiling Japanese Man Is World’s Oldest

Smiling Japanese Man Is World’s Oldest

A retired Japanese farmer was named the world's oldest man today at 112 years and 344 days - and said the secret to a long life is 'not to get angry and keep a smile on your face'. He received a certificate recognizing him as the world's oldest man Wednesday at a healthcare center in the city.

According to a statement by Guinness World Records, Watanabe was born on Tuesday, March 5, 1907 in Niigata as the first of eight children of his father Haruzo and mother Miya.

Watanabe keeps busy at a retirement home doing origami, calligraphy and math exercises, Guinness World Records says, and is four years away from becoming the oldest man to have ever lived.

He spent 18 years in Taiwan after graduating from agricultural school, where he married his wife, Mitsue.

The oldest man alive attributed his longevity to "not getting angry and keeping a smile on his face". Photo: Guinness World Records.

After the end of World War II, Watanabe returned to Niigata and worked for the prefectural government until retirement.

He also loves candies, like brown sugar, but he mostly enjoys things like custards and the filling in cream puffs these days because he's lost his teeth. In 1974, he and his son Tetsuo had built a new family home.

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

He often eats custard pudding or the cream inside chou à la crème.

Chitetsu now lives in a care home and is not as active as he once was.

Watanabe, of Niigata, Japan, was awarded the honor after the death of fellow Japanese citizen Masazo Nonaka, who was 112 years and 266 days old when he died on January 20.

Coincidentally, Kane Tanaka, the oldest woman aged 117 also hails from the country.

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