112-Year-Old Japanese Man Shares His Secrets To A Long Life

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A 112-year-old man living in Japan has shared his secrets to becoming the oldest man alive.

Masazo Nonaka, from Ashoro, Japan, is officially the oldest man alive. Born July 25, 1905, the supercentenarian said some of his secrets to living so long is indulging in hot baths and sweets, The Daily Mail reported Tuesday.

Nonaka was awarded the Guinness World Records’ official title of being the oldest man alive after 113-year-old Francisco Nunez Olivera from Spain died in February.

“He loves eating any kinds of sweets – Japanese or western style,” said his granddaughter Yuko Nonaka. Her grandfather loves cake in particular. He even celebrated his win with a cake, saying “yum,” according to a report by the Guinness World Records.

Nonaka married in 1931 and had five children, he outlived his wife and two of their offsprings. He had seven siblings, whom he also outlived. His family ran a hot spring which he took over after his parents died. Nonaka now lives with his family, and despite being in a wheelchair, he is overall in a healthy condition.

Japan has many supercentenarians due partially to a healthy diet, with 68,000 people who are at least a 100 years old. Japan had another record holder with Jiroemon Kimura who died at 116 in 2013.

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Gabrielle Okun