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Japanese man, 112, recognized as world's oldest male

Japanese man, 112, recognized as world's oldest male

The world's oldest man has been named as 112-year-old Masazo Nonaka, whose secret to longevity is said to be eating candies and taking hot baths.

The new record holder was born on July 25, 1905 - the same year Teddy Roosevelt was inaugurated as the 26th president of the US.

A supercentenarian whose family has run a hot springs inn in northern Japan for four generations has been certified as the world's oldest living man.

In his youth, Nanaka worked as a farmer and a lumberjack before running a hot springs inn that is still in the family.

As he was handed a certificate by a Guiness official at his home, a smiling Nonaka made a victory sign with his fingers and said, "Thank you".

Mr Nonaka still moves about by himself in a wheelchair, family members said.

According to the Guinness World Records, Nonaka now spends his time after retirement watching television, sumo wrestling in particular, reading newspapers and also indulging in candies and cakes. "He loves eating any kinds of candies ― Japanese or Western style", she said, according to The Telegraph.

Koki Kurohata, Nonaka's great-grandson said: "He has not been receiving nursing care at a facility and has a clear brain".

Japan is one of the world's top countries for longevity.

A 117-year-old Japanese woman, Nabi Tajima, who is now the oldest living person in Japan, is expected to be certified as the world's oldest person, replacing Violet Moss-Brown of Jamaica, who died in September at age 117.

Jiroemon Kimura, a Japanese who died in 2013 at 116, was recognized by Guinness as the longest-lived man in history.

Nonaka has officially taken the title after Francisco Nunez Olivera from Spain died in February aged 113.