Guinness world record crowns 112-year-old Japanese man oldest man alive

Clay Curtis
February 14, 2020

He was born on 5 March, 1907 in the town where he now lives as the first of eight children of his father Haruzo and mother Miya.

The record for the oldest man ever was held by Jiroemon Kimura, of Japan, who was born in April 1897 and passed away aged 116 years 54 days in June, 2013.

Representatives from the World Records organisation descended on the nursing home in which Mr Watanabe resides, and presented him with an official certificate recognising his achievement.

Japan's 112-year-old Chitetsu Watanabe has been crowned the world's oldest male.

After graduating from agricultural school he moved to Taiwan and worked on sugar cane plantation contracts and lived there for 18 years with his wife Mitsue and their children.

"Both Chitetsu and Tetsuo told me that getting to places and sourcing food was a struggle", Yoko, the wife of Watanabe's first son Tetsuo, told the record-keeping organization.

The world's oldest living woman, Kane Tanaka, recently celebrated her 117th birthday.

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The previous record holder, Masazo Nonaka, also Japanese, died last month at 112 years and 266 days. "Having to live under that circumstance with four young children must have been tough".

He has five children, 12 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, according to his family.

Until about a decade ago, Mr Watanabe used to grow bonsai trees and had a collection of about 100 which he used to exhibit.

Following his retirement, in 1974 he and Tetsuo set up a one-hectare farm next to his family home.

"I've lived together with him for over 50 years, and I've never seen him raise his voice or get mad".

According to GWR, Tanaka, who was born on January 2, 1903, owned the title of the world's oldest living person and the world's oldest living woman in 2019.

At their farm, they grew all types of crops ranging from potatoes, tomatoes, strawberries and plums and this kept him going until he was 104 years old.

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