112-year-old Japanese crowned world´s oldest male

Chitetsu Watanabe 112 poses next to the calligraphy he wrote after being awarded as the world’s oldest living male by Guinness World Records in Joetsu Niigata prefecture northern Japan Wednesday Feb. 12 2020

Chitetsu Watanabe 112 poses next to the calligraphy he wrote after being awarded as the world’s oldest living male by Guinness World Records in Joetsu Niigata prefecture northern Japan Wednesday Feb. 12 2020

According to a statement by Guinness World Records, Watanabe was born on Tuesday, March 5, 1907 in Niigata as the first of eight children of his father Haruzo and mother Miya.

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When asked in an interview past year about the secret to a long life, Mr Watanabe said to keep smiling and never get angry- which is much easier said than done, but it seems to be working for him!

Guinness World Records on Wednesday certified Chitetsu Watanabe, a 112-year-old resident of central Japan, as the world's oldest living man.

While he isn't the world's oldest living person, what's intriguing is that the individual holding the GWR certificate for that title is also from Japan, a woman by the name Kane Tanaka.

The oldest man alive attributed his longevity to "not getting angry and keeping a smile on his face".

After graduating from agricultural school he moved to Taiwan and worked on sugar cane plantation contracts and lived there for 18 years with his wife Mitsue and their children. She is 117 years old.

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He served in the military towards the end of the Pacific war in 1944 before returning home where he worked at an agricultural department in Niigata until his retirement.

For the next 38 years - until Chitetsu was 104 - they grew potatoes, tomatoes, strawberries and plums on the land together. He also grew fruit and vegetables on the family farm.

Owing to his many years working for a sugar company, he loves sweet things.

Chitetsu now lives in a care home and is not as active as he once was.

Watanabe is four years shy of the record for the oldest man ever, Jiroemon Kimura also from Japan who died in 2013 aged 116 years and 54 days.

Watanabe keeps busy at a retirement home doing origami, calligraphy and math exercises, Guinness World Records says, and is four years away from becoming the oldest man to have ever lived.

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