The world’s oldest man says never to get angry and keep a smile on your face is a secret for a long life
The world’s oldest man says never to get angry and keep a smile on your face is the secret of a long life while celebrating his achievement at the age of 112 and 344 days
- Chitetsu Watanabe says he is still a sweet tooth, despite the loss of all his teeth
- Guinness World Records handed him a certificate in Niigata today
- The previous oldest living man was also Japanese but died last month at the age of 113
A retired Japanese farmer today was called the oldest man in the world at 112 years and 344 days and said the secret of a long life is “don’t get angry and keep a smile on your face.”
Grinning Chitetsu Watanabe received a Guinness World Records certificate in his nursing home in Niigata, the city in northern Japan, where he was born in 1907.
The father of five, who used to work on a sugar cane plantation, says that despite his teeth, he is still a sweet tooth and loves custard and pudding 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 losing all his teeth and loves custard pudding
The previous oldest living man was Masazo Nonaka, also Japanese, who died last month 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.
Watanabe’s daughter-in-law – the wife of his oldest 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 last month at the age of 113. He was pictured here last year at the age of 112 and 259 days during a ceremony in Ashoro on the northern main island of Hokkaido in Japan.