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112-year-old Chitetsu Watanabe celebrates after being confirmed as the world’s oldest living male by Guinness World Records. Photo: Kyodo/via REUTERS

112-year-old Chitetsu Watanabe celebrates after being confirmed as the world’s oldest living male by Guinness World Records. Photo: Kyodo/via REUTERS

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112-year-old Chitetsu Watanabe celebrates after being confirmed as the world’s oldest living male by Guinness World Records. Photo: Kyodo/via REUTERS

A Japanese man with a sweet tooth who believes in smiles has become the world's oldest male at 112 years and 344 days, according to Guinness World Records.

Chitetsu Watanabe, who was born in Niigata in northern Japan in 1907, received a certificate for his accomplishment at a nursing home in the city.

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

Until a decade ago, Mr Watanabe used to do bonsai, the Japanese art of raising small sculpted trees, and had his work exhibited. These days, he loves desserts such as custards and cream puffs.

Mr Watanabe graduated from agricultural school and moved to Taiwan to work on sugar cane plantation contracts.

He lived in Taiwan for 18 years. He married Mitsue and they had five children.

After the end of World War II, Mr Watanabe returned to Niigata and worked for the local government until retirement.

Asked about the secret to longevity, Watanabe advised: Don't get angry and keep smiling.

Irish Independent