Japan's Chitetsu Watanabe confirmed as the world’s oldest man living at 112 years old
Chitetsu Watanabe from Niigata, Japan, has been officially confirmed as the oldest person living (male) at 112 Years 344 days as of 12 February 2020, Guinness World Records reported.
To celebrate this announcement, an official certificate was presented to him at a nursing home in Niigata, where he currently resides.
He was born on 5th March 1907 in Niigata as the first of eight children of his father Haruzo and mother Miya.
Chitetsu said in an interview for a local paper in January 2019 that the secret to his longevity is to "not to get angry and keep a smile on your face". Yoko explained further:
Now living in a rest home, Chitetsu is not as active as before. However, until last summer, his daily activity included exercises (as part of rehabilitation), origami, calligraphy and math exercises.
Chitetsu is four years shy of the record for the oldest man ever, which had been held by Jiroemon Kimura (Japan), who was born on 19 April 1897 and passed away aged 116 years 54 days on 12 June 2013.
Kane Tanaka, who is currently the oldest woman living, recently celebrated her 117th birthday in January.