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Who Is Masazo Nonaka? Japanese Man Confirmed As World's Oldest Male

11 April 2018

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 from Japan was on Tuesday recognised as the world's oldest man at the ripe old age of 112, as his family revealed his secret: candies and hot baths.

Nonaka was awarded the Guinness World Records' official title of being the oldest man alive after 113-year-old Francisco Nunez Olivera from Spain died in February.

As reported on the website of the organization, Nonaka was born 25 July 1905, the year, his seven brothers and one sister.

According to his granddaughter Yuko, Nonaka enjoys soaking in a hot spring once a week and indulges in candies, especially cakes.

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Nonaka married in 1931 and had five children, he outlived his wife and two of their offsprings. "He reads newspapers every day and often soaks in the hot springs", his granddaughter Yuko Nonaka revealed, cited by Sky News.

Mr Nonaka still moves about by himself in a wheelchair, family members said. That honor goes to Jiroemon Kimura, also from Japan, who was born on April 19, 1897, and died on June 12, 2013, at the age of 116 years and 54 days.

The country boasts around 68,000 people aged 100 or older, the Japanese government said in 2017.

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A 112-year-old man from Japan named Masazo Nonaka was recognized Tuesday as the world's oldest living man, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Who Is Masazo Nonaka? Japanese Man Confirmed As World's Oldest Male