Monday 18 June 2018

Oldest man enjoys sweets, samurai dramas and soaking in Japan’s hot springs

Masazo Nonaka, from Ashoro, Japan, has been certified as the world’s oldest living man, at the age of 112 years and 259 days.

Masazo Nonaka receives a certificate as the world's oldest living man (Masanori Takei/Kyodo News via AP)
Masazo Nonaka receives a certificate as the world's oldest living man (Masanori Takei/Kyodo News via AP)

By Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press

A supercentenarian whose family has run a hot springs inn in northern Japan for four generations has been certified as the world’s oldest living man.

Masazo Nonaka, aged 112 years and 259 days, received the certificate from Guinness World Records in a ceremony at his home in Ashoro, on Japan’s northern main island of Hokkaido, and celebrated with a big cake.

Born on July 25 1905, Mr Nonaka grew up in a large family and succeeded his parents running the inn.

The 105-year-old inn is now run by his granddaughter Yuko.

He regularly soaks in the springs and also enjoys eating sweets, especially cakes.

Mr Nonaka, wearing a knit cap and a kimono-style jacket, flashed a smile and posed for a group photo with his family, making a victory sign with his right hand.

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Masazou Nonaka eats cake after receiving the certificate from Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living man (Masanori Takei/Kyodo News via AP)

He dug into the cake after it was cut and served, calling it “delicious”, according to NHK public television.

Mr Nonaka still moves about by himself in a wheelchair, family members said.

He reads a newspaper after breakfast every morning, and loves to watch sumo wrestling and samurai dramas on TV.

But his favourite pastime is to soak in the hot springs and relax.

Mr Nonaka has outlived all seven of his siblings, as well as his wife and two of their five children.

Guinness said Mr Nonaka replaced Francisco Olivera of Spain, who died earlier this year aged 113, as the world’s oldest man.

A 117-year-old Japanese woman, Nabi Tajima, who is currently the oldest living person in Japan, is expected to be certified as the world’s new oldest person, replacing Violet Moss-Brown of Jamaica, who died in September at the age of 117.

Press Association

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