World's oldest living man shares secret to longevity at 112

13th February 2020

Don’t get angry and “keep a smile on your face.”

That’s the secret to living a long life, according to 112-year-old Chitetsu Watanabe from Niigata, Japan.

Guinness World Records has officially confirmed that Watanabe is the oldest living man at 112 years, 344 days as of Wednesday. He was born on March 5, 1907, and is the oldest brother to seven siblings.

Watanabe was presented with the official certificate Wednesday by Guinness World Records Japan’s Country manager Kaoru Ishikawa at his nursing home in Niigata, his hometown.

He spent 18 years in Taiwan after graduating from agricultural school, where he married his wife, Mitsue. He’s the father of five children.

Watanabe also served in the military toward the end of the Pacific War in 1944. He then returned to Niigata and worked at an agricultural office until he retired.

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