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Japanese 'lover of poetry' (111) named world's oldest man

Published 20/08/2014 | 08:56

A 111-year-old retired educator from Japan who enjoys poetry has been recognised as the world's oldest living man.

Sakari Momoi received a certificate from Guinness World Records today. He succeeds Alexander Imich, of New York, who died in April at the age of 111 years, 164 days.

The world's oldest living person is also Japanese: Misao Okawa, a 116-year-old woman from Osaka.

Mr Momoi was born on February 5, 1903, in Fukushima prefecture, where he became a teacher.

He later moved to the city of Saitama, north of Tokyo, and served as a high school principal there until retirement.

Mr Momoi says he enjoys reading books, especially Chinese poetry.

Sakari Momoi, a 111-year-old Japanese retired educator, poses for a photo after receiving a certificate from a Guinness World Records official, left, in Tokyo Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.  (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
Sakari Momoi, a 111-year-old Japanese retired educator, poses for a photo after receiving a certificate from a Guinness World Records official, left, in Tokyo Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

He has five children and now lives at a nursing home in Tokyo.

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