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At 111 years, he is the world's OLDEST man

August 20, 2014 13:54 IST

At 111 years, he is the world's OLDEST man

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A 111-year-old Japanese was recognised as the world’s oldest man by Guinness World Records on Wednesday, following the death in June of a Polish-born New Yorker.

Sakari Momoi received a certificate from Guinness World Records. He succeeds Alexander Imich, of New York, who died in April at the age of 111 years, 164 days.

The world’s oldest living person is also Japanese: Misao Okawa, a 116-year-old woman from Osaka.

Momoi was born on February 5, 1903, in Fukushima prefecture, where he became a teacher.

He later moved to the city of Saitama, north of Tokyo, and served as a high school principal there until retirement. Momoi says he enjoys reading books, especially Chinese poetry. He has five children and now lives at a nursing home in Tokyo.

 


Image: Sakari Momoi, the world's oldest man, says he enjoys reading, especially Chinese poetry.
Photographs: Reuters/Kyodo