Tokyo: Masazo Nonaka (pic) from Japan was recognised as the world’s oldest man at the ripe old age of 112, as his family revealed his secret: sweets and hot baths.
Nonaka, who was born on July 25, 1905 – just months before Albert Einstein published his theory of special relativity – received a certificate from Guinness World Records at home on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido and celebrated the recognition with a big cake.
The supercentenarian lives with his family, which manages a hot springs inn.
“He needs a wheelchair to move but he is in good condition,” said Yuko Nonaka, his granddaughter.
“He reads newspapers everyday and often soaks in the hot springs.”
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.
He dug into the cake after it was cut and served, and said, “Delicious,” according to NHK public television.
He has seven brothers and one sister who live nearby in the town of Ashoro on Hokkaido.
He married Hatsuno in 1931 and the couple had five children, according to Guinness World Records.
Nonaka has officially taken the title after Francisco Nunez Olivera from Spain died in February aged 113, the organisation said.
Guinness World Records is currently investigating possible contenders for the title of oldest living person as no one has been recognised since Violet Brown from Jamaica died in July 2017, aged 117.
Japan, known for the longevity of its people, has been home to several oldest title holders, including Jiroemon Kimura, who died in June 2013 at the age of 116.
There are around 68,000 people aged 100 or older in the country, the government said last year. — AFP