Digital News Report – The new oldest living man is turning 114 years old today. Jiroemon Kimura from Kyoto, Japan has been named by the Guinness World Records organization as the new ‘Oldest Living Man’. The previous record holder was Walter Breuning from the US, who passed away on April 14, 2011 at the age of 114.
Kimura was born on April 19, 1897 and is the third oldest person living in Japan. The other two are women; Chiyono Hasegawa was born on November 20, 1896 and Shige Hirooka was born on January 16, 1897.
Kimura also is the only known man to be alive that was born before 1900. He is also on the Guinness World Records list for the top 10 list of oldest people; he ranks sixth.
Kimura said that he attributes his longevity to eating meals that are small in portion size. He also said that he likes to read the newspaper, but he uses a magnifying glass in order to read it.
The US has not lost out to having a record of longevity. The Guinness World Records for the ‘Oldest Living Person’ goes to Besse Berry Brown who was born on August 26, 1896 and is from the US.
By Victoria Brown