Meet world’s oldest living male
By Mirror | February 13th 2020
Japanese 112-year-old has been crowned the oldest man in the world.
Watanabe from Niigata was today officially confirmed by the Guinness Book of
Records as the longest living male at 112 years and 344 days old.
born on 5 March, 1907 in the town where he currently lives as the first of eight
children of his father Haruzo and mother Miya.
moved to Taiwan for 18 years to grow sugar cane, before serving in the military
towards the end of the Pacific War in 1944.
He returned to Niigata with his wife Mitsue and four young children during a difficult period in Japanese history.
Chitetsu and Tetsuo told me that getting to places and sourcing food was a
struggle," Yoko Watanaba, the wife of Chitetsu's son Testsuo said.
to live under that circumstance with four young children must have been
his ample years Chitetsu has barely slowed down.
his retirement, in 1974 he and Tetsuo set up a one-hectare farm next to his
next 38 years - until Chitetsu was 104 - they grew potatoes, tomatoes,
strawberries and plums on the land together.
the secret to his longevity, he told a local paper last year it is "not to
get angry and keep a smile on your face".
now lives in a care home and is not as active as he once was.
last summer his daily activities including exercising, origami, calligraphy and
currently four years shy of being crowned the oldest man ever to live, a title
which belongs to 116 years and 54 days old Jiroemon Kimura, also from Japan.
on 12 June, 2013.
Tanaka, who is currently the oldest living woman, celebrated her 117th
birthday in January.
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