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Tuesday
Apr192011

World's Oldest Living Man Celebrates 114th Birthday in Japan

Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Thinkstock(TOKYO) -- The newest title holder of the world's oldest living man celebrated his 114th birthday in Japan Tuesday.

Jiroemon Kimura, who was born on April 19, 1897, rang in another year of life at home with his family in Kyoto, according to Japanese officials.

The supercentenarian became the oldest living man in the world after his predecessor, Walter Breuning, died last Thursday in Montana.  Breuning passed away from natural causes at the age of 114.

According to the Gerontology Research Group's website, Kimura is preceded by five females on the list of the world's oldest living people.  Currently, the title of the world's oldest living person goes to Besse Cooper, a 114-year-old American woman who lives in Georgia.

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