World's oldest man dies in Japan at 112

Chitetsu Watanabe credited smiling with his longevity

epa08245881 Chitetsu Watanabe, the world's oldest man, receives the Guinness World Records certificate for 'World's Oldest Man', at a nursing home in Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture, Japan, 12 February 2020 (issued 25 February 2020). According to media reports on 25 February, Watanabe died at age of 112 at a nursing home on 23 February 2020. Wananabe was born on 05 March 1907.  EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/  NO ARCHIVES
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A Japanese citizen recently named the world's oldest living man has died aged 112, a local official said on Tuesday.

Chitetsu Watanabe, who was born on March 5, 1907, in Niigata, north of Tokyo, died on Sunday at his nursing home in the same prefecture, the official said.

The news came less than two weeks after he was officially recognised by Guinness World Records.

Watanabe, who had five children, said the secret to longevity was to "not get angry and keep a smile on your face".

He said he had a penchant for sweets such as custard pudding and ice cream.

The oldest man in Japan is now Issaku Tomoe, who is 110, according to the Jiji Press news agency, although it was not clear if Mr Tomoe holds the title globally.

The oldest living person is also Japanese, Kane Tanaka, a 117-year-old woman.

The life expectancy in Japan is among the highest in the world and the country has been home to several people recognised as being among the oldest humans to have lived.

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

The oldest verified person — Jeanne Louise Calment of France — died in 1997 at the age of 122, according to Guinness World Records.

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