Guinness Says Japans Jiroemon
Kimura is Oldest Man Who Ever Lived at 115 Years, 253 Days
The oldest person ever to have lived
is Jeanne Calment (France) who lived to 122 years and 164 days
Jiroemon pictured earlier this year with Guinness World Records
Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday
Dec. 28, 2012 - Guinness World
Records announced yesterday that Jiroemon Kiumua of Japan is now the
Oldest Man Ever as well as the Oldest Living Man and the Oldest Living
Person at the age of 115 years, 253 days.
He surpasses the current Guinness
World Records holder for the oldest authenticated age ever reached by a
man - Thomas Peter Thorvald Kristian Ferdinand 'Christian' Mortensen,
who lived to 115 years, 252 days.
Kimura gained the Guinness World
Record for Oldest Living Person on 17 December 2012 after Dina
Manfredini (US) passed away aged 115 years, 257 days.
Kimura, who lives in Kyotango City,
Kyoto, was born on 19 April 1897 and is only the third man in history to
reach 115 years old.
He has lived across three centuries
which have seen immense social and technological advances including the
advent of motor vehicles, television, the internet and six UK Monarchs,
five Emperors of Japan and 20 US Presidents.
From 1914, Mr. Kimura worked at the
Post Office until the age of 65, when he retired but continued to engage
in agriculture until he was 90.
He has an astonishing 14
grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 13 great, great grandchildren.
His personal motto is 'eat light to
live long' and believes the key to his longevity is to be a healthy,
Japan is the country with the most
centenarians in the world per capita; Okinawa has the highest
concentration of centenarians, where the ratio is 50 per 100,000 people.
Additionally, the record for the
oldest average age is also held by Japan, where the median age - that
is, the age at which there are an equal number of people above and below
- is a record high of 44.7.
However, the oldest person ever to
have lived is Jeanne Calment (France) who lived to 122 years and 164
Commenting on today's news,
Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday said: "The record for oldest living man
lies at the very heart of Guinness World Records, and to be able to
present Mr Kimura his third Guinness World Records title is truly an
honour. Kimura-san is an exceptional person; we know of only four other
male supercentenarians alive today, and incredibly, he is only the third
man in history to reach the age of 115."
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