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

Nellie Chapman
February 14, 2020

According to him, if you want to live long, then the idea is "not to get angry but keep a smile on your face".

Watanabe was born on March 5, 1907, and was the oldest of eight children.

This story was first published on CNN.com, "The world's oldest living man is 112".

112-year-old Chitetsu Watanabe poses next to the calligraphy reading "World's Number One" after being awarded as the world's oldest living male by Guinness World Records, February 12, 2020, in this photo released by Kyodo.

Yoko Watanabe explained Mr Watanabe's comments further when asked by Guinness representatives, and said that despite living with him for over 50 years she has never once seen him raise his voice or get angry. He returned to Japan after World War II and worked as a civil servant in his hometown until his retirement.

"Both Chitetsu and Tetsuo told me that getting to places and sourcing food was a struggle". The oldest living woman, Kane Tanaka, is also Japanese.

Chitetsu at a sugar cane farm
World's oldest living man (112) says secret to a long life is to 'keep smiling'

But Mr Watanabe and his family were tough, too: the Niigata native got back into the agriculture industry, and even after he retired he built a new family home with his son where he farmed all sorts of fruits and vegetables in the garden- until he was 104 years old!

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.

Until about a decade ago, Watanabe used to do bonsai, the Japanese traditional art of raising small sculpted trees, and had his work exhibited.

"I think having lived with a big family under one roof, mingling with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, helped keep a smile on his face as well", she said.

During his 18 years in Taiwan, Chitetsu married Mitsue and four out of five of their children were born there.

The oldest person to have ever lived was Jeanne Louise Calment, who lived to be 122 and died in 1997.

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Designed by Ki-woo in college age, Kim children are conveniently installed as tutors and art therapists in the Parks. The Kims provide "indispensable" luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household.


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