- Guinness World Records may have just found its oldest person living (male)
- Masazo Nonaka who hails from Japan has taken that crown at the age of 112 and and 259 days
- He was recently awarded with the certificate for the iconic record
With all the hazards and dangers that pose as a challenge to mankind in the world today, the need coupled with the fight for survival has become more difficult for so many people. This however, is one of the major reasons most people make a big deal about birthdays.
It is in this spirit that a Japanese man has been declared the oldest person living(male) by the Guinness World Records. Masazo Nonaka, was declared this prestigious title at the wonderful age of 112 years and 259 days.
Mr Nonaka takes the title after Francisco Nuñez Olivera from Spain sadly passed away at the age of 113. He was awarded the iconic certificate in his home of Hokkaido on April 10 by Erika Ogawa, VP Japan for Guinness World Records.
Born on July 25, 1905, Nonaka grew up in a large family. He has seven brothers and one sister who live nearby in Ashoro, Hokkaido and his already large family grew further after he married Hatsuno in 1931, going on to have five children with her.
Mr Nonaka believes his longevity is due to the fact he loves to soak in hot springs and eat sweets, his daughter however thinks otherwise.
According to her, it is because he lives his life in a way that doesn't bring him stress.
"If he doesn't want something, he'll make sure everyone knows about it," she says. The 112-year-old was presented with his official record certificate and a cake.
Masazo’s record was confirmed following an extensive research and evidence review process by Robert Young, Guinness World Records’ senior consultant for gerontology and the co-director for the Gerontology Research Group.