Japanese Lumberjack Masazo Nonaka, 112, Takes Title After Previous Record-Holder Dies

Olive Hawkins
April 12, 2018

Guinness World Records is now investigating title holders for the Oldest person living (female), as no one has taken this title since the death of 117-year-old Violet Brown from Jamaica in July 2017.

He dug into a cake bought for the celebration and said it was "delicious".

Masazo Nonaka, a 112-year old Japanese national, has been confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records to be the oldest living man on the planet.

His family has run a hot spring inn for four generations. Nonaka was born on July 25, 1905 - 42 days before the Russo-Japanese War ended. She also credits his stress-free lifestyle and delicious candies, both Japanese and Western - his favorite being strawberry sponge cake. Nonaka now enjoys spending time with his family, watching TV-especially sumo wrestling-or reading newspapers.

Nonaka has outlived his wife, two of their five children.

Japanese Lumberjack Masazo Nonaka, 112, Takes Title After Previous Record-Holder Dies

"We are very pleased to announce that we have a new record holder for the oldest living man. Mr Nonaka's achievement is remarkable - he can teach us all an important lesson about the value of life and how to stretch the limits of human longevity", Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records' Editor-in-Chief said. He now spends his time surrounded by his family and cozied up with his pet cats of whom he is very fond.

"He needs a wheelchair to move, but he is in good condition", she added.

Japan has many supercentenarians due partially to a healthy diet, with 68,000 people who are at least a 100 years old. He was born on April 19, 1897 and died at the age of 116 years and 54 days in June 2013, according to Guinness.

The all-time "Oldest Person Ever" title still belongs to Jeanne Louise Calment from France who lived for 122 years and passed in 1997.

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