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Guinness confirms Japanese as world’s oldest man

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Guinness confirms Japanese as world's oldest man

A greedy Japanese man who believes in smiles has become the oldest man in the world, at 112 years and 344 days, according to Guinness World Records.

Chitetsu Watanabe, born in Niigata, northern Japan, in 1907, received a certificate for his achievement on Wednesday at a nursing home in the city.

The previous record holder, Masazo Nonaka, another Japanese, died last month. The oldest living person is also Japanese, Kane Tanaka, a 117-year-old woman.

Until about a decade ago, Watanabe made bonsai, the traditional Japanese art of creating small sculpted trees, and displayed his work.

He currently loves desserts like creams and cream puffs, Guinness said.

Watanabe graduated from agriculture school and then moved to Taiwan to work at Dai-Nippon Meiji Sugar on contracts for sugarcane plantations.

He lived in Taiwan for 18 years. He married Mitsue and they had five children, Guinness said in a statement.

After the end of World War II, Watanabe returned to Niigata and worked for the prefectural government until retirement. He also grew fruits and vegetables on the family farm.

Asked about the secret of longevity, Watanabe has this advice: don't be angry and keep smiling.


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