World's oldest man dies in Japan aged 112

World’s oldest man, Sakari Momoi, dies aged 112

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The world's oldest man, Sakari Momoi, who was born in Fukushima, Japan on 5 February 1903, has died in Tokyo at the age of 112.

The 112-year-old former high school principal and father of five children died of kidney failure at a care home, Japanese media reported. 

He had been named the oldest man by Guinness World Records in August. Yasutaro Koide, who was born just over a month later, is now the oldest man living, according to Guinness. 

The oldest person and oldest woman title is currently held by 116-year-old American Susannah Mushatt Jones.

The oldest person who has ever lived according to Guinness was Jeanne Calment from France, who lived 122 years and 164 days. She died in August 1997.

Momoi was born the year the Wright brothers made their first powered flight, Ford’s model car was first produced and the New York Stock Exchange Building opened.
He was born before the First World War and he was 42 when the Second World War ended.

Momoi was once said, “Healthy eating and a good night’s sleep are the secrets to a very long life”

Japan is home to more than 58,000 people aged 100 or over, 87 percent of whom are women, according to official statistics. A quarter of Japan’s 126 million people are aged 65 and over. 

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