Chitetsu Watanabe, aged 112, poses next to the calligraphy reading in Japanese "World Number One" after he was awarded as the world's oldest living male Photo: 2019 Guinness World Records Ltd via AFP
national

112-year-old Japanese recognized as world's oldest living man by Guinness

28 Comments

A 112-year-old Japanese man has been crowned the world's oldest male, claiming that smiling is the key to longevity.

Chitetsu Watanabe, who was born on March 5, 1907 in Niigata, was officially given the title at his nursing home in the city, Guinness World Records said Wednesday.

The previous record holder, Masazo Nonaka, also Japanese, died last month at 112 years and 266 days.

Watanabe, who is married with five children, said the secret to longevity is to "not get angry and keep a smile on your face." He admitted a penchant for sweets such as custard pudding -- but it appears to have done him no harm.

The oldest living person is also Japanese, Kane Tanaka, a 117-year-old woman.

Japan has one of the world's highest life expectancies and has been home to several people recognized as among the oldest humans to have ever lived.

They include Jiroemon Kimura, the longest-living man on record, who died soon after his 116th birthday in June 2013.

The oldest verified person ever -- Jeanne Louise Calment of France -- died in 1997 at the age of 122, according to Guinness.

© 2020 AFP

©2020 GPlusMedia Inc.

28 Comments
Login to comment

and by now.... he has collected more kokumin nenkin than they ever projected. No wonder Japan is bankrupt.

-11 ( +7 / -18 )

Congratulations on being Number One, Mr Watanabe! Amazing achievement. I would like to see an exact breakdown of his daily diet. Im guessing he follows a strict traditional Japanese diet, tonnes of vegetables, tofu, miso, fish every meal and almost never eating red meat. I hope he can make it to at least 120.

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

SaikoPhysco Today  07:47 am JST

and by now.... he has collected more kokumin nenkin than they ever projected. No wonder Japan is bankrupt.

That's right, let's not smile at this story or celebrate the true joy of it in any way.

Let's gripe and moan and exude negativity instead, adding a touch of money-only materialism. Heaven knows the world doesn't have enough of those things.

7 ( +10 / -3 )

SaikoPhyscoToday  07:47 am JST

and by now.... he has collected more kokumin nenkin than they ever projected. No wonder Japan is bankrupt.

He is ony getting a kokumin nenkin amount based on what he's paid in while working, and it's not like every individual lives to that age, many pass away at much younger ages so the full burden on the system is based on an average. And I hardly think 100+ is anywhere near an average lifespan.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Amazing. When I was born, he was already 6 years older than my current 53 years.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

SaikoPhysco.... I’m sorry the drones on this page don’t understand sarcasm.

I thought it was pretty funny. Keep it up.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Fighto!!Today  10:45 am JST

Im guessing he follows a strict traditional Japanese diet, tonnes of vegetables, tofu, miso, fish every meal and almost never eating red meat.

You tend to project a lot.

He admitted a penchant for sweets such as custard pudding

That’s the reality.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

and by now.... he has collected more kokumin nenkin than they ever projected. No wonder Japan is bankrupt.

Money paid to this one man is a drop in the bucket.

More will be spent on one state dinner or one flight for Abe to a foreign country for a summit than this man will ever collect .

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Congratulations to him. If I have my faculties still sharp, a century would be nice.

The oldest verified person ever -- Jeanne Louise Calment of France -- died in 1997 at the age of 122, according to Guinness.

This has become highly suspect recently. Some say she fudged her birthdate.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Uh?

My grandmother is 115 and she dont get the title, hmmmm, I guess Guinness only applies in Japan?

-9 ( +0 / -9 )

This story is about the world's oldest living man.

The_True.... I’m guessing that your grandmother is a woman?

Mr Watanabe is the oldest man.

Unless your grandmother “identifies” as male..

So sorry to assume her / his / their gender.......... :)

9 ( +9 / -0 )

Yeah - I beat you all!

1 ( +1 / -0 )

My grandmother is 115 and she dont get the title, hmmmm, I guess Guinness only applies in Japan?

Nope. What was the reason they gave for denying your grandmother?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

I don't want to invalidate his achievements.

There is an issue has been present for decades, yet no one bats an eye on it. Whenever the outsiders bat an eye, the Japanese will use the "cultural difference" to justify the wrongness. No different from China's excuse of "you insulted 1 billions of people"

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/sep/10/japenese-centenarians-records

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

He saw Japan rise to the top of the world, then get beat down again, then go to the top again, then fall down after the bubble and slowly recover. Oh, the stories he could tell.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

That’s all good and well, but think for a moment about all of those who didn’t make it that far despite trying.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Watanabe, who is married with five children,

So his wife is still alive?

Maybe I am just a miserable person, but whenever I see these oldies on the TV as oldest this or that and they are surrounded by all sorts of hangers on and there is a big hoo haa and TV and bunting and cake and all, I feel a bit sad. 

And for those who think this is joyous, I feel slightly differently.  Live to 120!  Who on earth would want to?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Im guessing he follows a strict traditional Japanese diet, tonnes of vegetables, tofu, miso, fish every meal and almost never eating red meat. 

He could be, cobber, but I remember the woman who lived to 122 in France who was smoking after 100, liked beef, had desserts with meals and enjoyed a bit of wine.

Anyway, best of health Mr Watanabe. I like the name Chitetsu - cool.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Someone should gift him a set of dentures. Many people's teeth have a very short life span.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

He admitted a penchant for sweets such as custard pudding -- but it appears to have done him no harm.

His teeth may beg to differ.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Well done! Soon we will see the retirement age raised to 100.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Live to 120! Who on earth would want to?

(Raises hand...)

I got a certificate like the one in the picture when my old dog turned 15. She lived to nearly 19, about 90 in dog years.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Guinness recognises his achievement. Unfortunately, he is unable to recognise anybody.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

I would like to see an exact breakdown of his daily diet. Im guessing he follows a strict traditional Japanese diet, tonnes of vegetables, tofu, miso, fish every meal and almost never eating red meat. 

Diet has almost nothing to do with how long people live, unless it's an especially unhealthy diet. It's mostly genetics and luck of the draw. Careful eating and exercise may help a bit, but it's not going to push you past 100 unless the genes are there.

I have noted other people around his age crediting chocolate, whiskey, or cigars for their longevity.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Of course its meant as sarcasm.... heck, more power to the guy. I just get sick of the usual crap we all write at times.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

I have noted other people around his age crediting chocolate, whiskey, or cigars for their longevity.

Well I'll stick to them, more fun than tofu, konyaku and miso every day. I think your right, DNA is more important. I guess Watanabe-san had old relatives.

He could be, cobber, but I remember the woman who lived to 122 in France who was smoking after 100, liked beef, had desserts with meals and enjoyed a bit of wine.

Sounds fun also, Bro. But wasnt there some dispute about her age?

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

He could be, cobber, but I remember the woman who lived to 122 in France who was smoking after 100, liked beef, had desserts with meals and enjoyed a bit of wine.

Sounds fun also, Bro. But wasnt there some dispute about her age?

That’s right, sport, but I read it was cleared up. She was 122.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites