This Japanese man named Masazo Nonaka is in the news for all the right reasons. The old man is holding the Guinness World Record for the longest living male who turned 113 on 25th July 2018.
Masazo was born in 1905, the same year Albert Einstein published his theory of relativity and Theodore Roosevelt was inaugurated for his second term as the 26th president of the United States of America.
Nonaka hails from a place named Ashoro, a small town on the Japanese island of Hokkaido. He has six brothers and one sister. Masazo got married in 1931. As per the Washington Post reports, he had five children and ran an inn for most of his life. During his long retirement, Nonaka loves reading the newspaper, watching samurai and sumo wrestling shows, and looking after his two cats which are named Haru and Kuro.
So folks, do you know what is the secret behind the man living for more than a century? You won’t believe but it’s the sweets. This might not be any doctors’ suggestion, however, Nonaka says he’s lived such a long life because he soaks in hot springs and eats plenty of sweets. However, Nonaka’s daughter told Guinness that his long life is due to lack of stress and he lives his life on his own terms.
She stated, “If he doesn’t want something, he’ll make sure everyone knows about it.”
Newsweek reports states that Nonaka has outlived two of his five children and his wife Hatsuno. He gained the title of the oldest living male after the death of Francisco Nuñez Olivera from Spain in January 2018. Olivera was also 113-years-old.
The Post reports Nonaka may not really be the oldest, as Fredie Blom of South Africa is accepted to have celebrated his 114th birthday in May. Guinness had told them that there is a lot of documentation required with affirming a record-holder's age, and keeping in mind that Blom has not connected for the honour, they'd audit his qualification on the off chance that he did.
The record-holder for oldest living male ever was Jiroemon Kimura of Japan, who died at age 116 in 2013. The oldest living person was a female, Jeanne Louise Calment of France, who lived 122 years from 1875-1997.