The world’s oldest man dies at the age of 112 just days after receiving an award from Guinness Book of Records
The world’s oldest man dies just a few days after he told the Guinness Book of Records ceremony at the age of 112 that the secret of a long life was to smile and never get angry
- Chitetsu Watanabe died 13 days after being called the oldest man in the world
- Guinness World Records handed him a certificate in Niigata on 12 February
- The previous oldest living man was also Japanese but died last month at the age of 113
The world’s oldest living man died at the age of 112, just 13 days after he told a Guinness Book of Records ceremony that the secret of a long life was to smile and never get angry.
Chitetsu Watanabe, a retired Japanese farmer, died in his nursing home in Niigata, the city in northern Japan where he was born in 1907. No cause of death has been given.
He had been unable to eat to eat, had a fever and had difficulty breathing in the days before his death, that of Japan Mainichi newspaper reported.
The father of the five, who worked on a sugar cane plantation, grinned when he received the Guinness World Records prize on 12 February. He said that despite the loss of all his teeth, he is still a sweet tooth and loves custard and pudding and cream because they don’t need to be chewed.
Grinning Chitetsu Watanabe said the secret to a long life is “don’t get angry and keep a smile on your face”
He says he is still a sweet tooth despite the loss of all his teeth and loves custard pudding
Chitetsu Watanabe served in the army towards the end of World War II and then returned to Niigata where he worked in a government office until his retirement
The previous oldest living man was Masazo Nonaka, also Japanese, who died last year at the age of 113. He was four years younger than the world’s oldest living person, Kane Tanaka, a 117-year-old Japanese woman.
The oldest living man in the world is now 110-year-old Issaku Tomoe, according to Jiji Press. The oldest living person remains Kane Tanaka.
Watanabe’s daughter-in-law – the wife of his eldest son Tetsuo, said: “I have never seen him raise his voice or get angry. He is also caring.
“I think he lived with a large family under one roof, mixed with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and also helped keep a smile on his face.”
Until about ten years ago, Mr. Watanabe grew bonsai trees and had a collection of about 100 that he used to exhibit.
After graduating from the 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.
He served in the army towards the end of World War II and then returned to Niigata where he worked in a government office until his retirement.
He also grew vegetables and fruit on the family farm.
In 1974, he and his son Tetsuo built a new family home with an acre of farmland where potatoes, tomatoes, strawberries, and plums were grown.
He continued to do this until he was 104.
The record for the oldest man ever was held by Jiroemon Kimura, from Japan, who was born in April 1897 and died 54 days in June 2013 at the age of 116.
The world’s oldest oldest living man Masazo Nonaka died in January last year at the age of 113. He is pictured here in April 2018 at the age of 112 and 259 days during a ceremony in Ashoro on the northern main island of Hokkaido in Japan.