A Japanese man recently named the world’s oldest living male has died aged 112, a local official said Tuesday.
Chitetsu Watanabe, who was born on March 5, 1907 in Niigata, north of Tokyo, died on Sunday at his nursing home. 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 admitted to having a penchant for sweets such as custard pudding and ice cream.
The oldest man in Japan is now Issaku Tomoe, who is 110 years old, although it was not clear if he holds the title globally. The oldest living person is also Japanese, Kane Tanaka, a 117-year-old woman.
Japan has one of the world’s highest life expectancies and has been home to several people recognized as among the oldest humans to have ever lived.