'World's oldest man' dies in Japan at 113

Clay Curtis
January 21, 2019

Guiness World Records named Nonaka as the world's oldest man in April 2018 when he was 112 years and 259 days old.

Nonaka was born in the Ashoro in Hokkaido on 25 July, 1905.

The world's oldest man has died at his home in northern Japan at the age of 113, his family has said.

"We feel shocked at the loss of this big figure", she said.

His granddaughter Yuko said Nonaka didn't have any health issues - he just passed away peacefully. He passed away in his sleep, and was found by his family on Sunday.

He credited candies and soaking in the hot springs for his impressive longevity ― though Yuko, who now runs the family's inn, has said that it was more likely him living stress-free.

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He took the record after Spaniard Francisco Nunez Olivera died in February aged 113.

He ran a hot spring inn in his hometown and in retirement enjoyed watching sumo wrestling on TV and eating candies, according to local media.

The fastest-aging country in the world, Japan as of September 2018 had a centenarian population of 69,785, almost 90 percent of them women, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

In the end, he outlived his wife, seven of his siblings and three of his five children, The Associated Press reported.

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

According to Guinness, the oldest person ever to have lived is Jeanne Calment, a French woman, who died in 1997 at the age of 122 years and 164 days.

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