Entries in World's Oldest Living Man (2)


World’s Oldest Living Man Turns 115

ABC News(TOKYO) -- Japanese centenarian Jiroemon Kimura is proving that a sense of humor may truly be the secret to longevity. On his 115th birthday, he faced reporters gathered at his home in Kyotango City west of Kyoto, with a smile and a brief message – in English.

“Thank you very much. You are very kind man,” Kimura said, as photographers gave out a collective “ohhh,” surprised by his language fluency.

The oldest living man in the world, Kimura is just 237 days shy of the oldest living person, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. That title belongs to supercentenarian Besse Cooper, who lives in Monroe, Ga.

Kimura was born in 1897, and worked at the local post office until he retired at the age of 65.

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He has 5 children, 14 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and 13 great great grandchildren.

While Kimura has slowed down with age, his family says he continues to read the newspaper every day, and never misses a meal.

“It is all thanks to the grace of God,” Kimura said. “I have nothing but gratitude for the life I’ve been given.”

Japan has the world’s fastest aging population, and Kimura is just one of five Japanese who are on the list of 10 oldest people, according to Guinness.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


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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