Published: Mon, January 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

World's oldest living man, 113-year-old Nonaka from Japan, dies

World's oldest living man, 113-year-old Nonaka from Japan, dies

Born on 25 July 1905, at a town call Ashoro, Hokkaido, same year Albert Einstine publish the famous "Theory of Relativity", Mr Masazo grew up in a family who run a hot spring Inn for four generations for about 106 years.

"We feel shocked at the loss of this big figure", she said.

He was presented with his Guiness World Record previous year at his home in Ashoro after the death of the then-oldest living man, Spaniard Francisco Nunez Olivera.

Guinness officially recognised Nonaka as the oldest living man after the death of Spaniard Francisco Nunez Olivera a year ago. He passed away in his sleep, and was found by his family on Sunday.

Guinness officially recognised Nonaka as the oldest living man after the death of Spaniard Francisco Nunez Olivera previous year.

He took the record after Spaniard Francisco Nunez Olivera died in February aged 113. But his favourite pastime was to soak in the hot springs and relax.

Bitterly cold wind chills into Monday morning
Lows on Monday morning will be in the teens and with wind chill it will feel like temperatures are in the single digits. By Monday morning, the lows would be nine degrees, although wind chills could make it feel like -10 degrees.


A document kept by the local welfare authorities describes how Nonaka regularly soaked himself in sulfur-rich hot springs and has an insatiable appetite for candies, especially strawberry shortcake.

Upon receiving his Guinness World Records certificate, he revealed the secret to his long life was eating candies and taking hot baths.

After breakfast every morning, he'd read a newspaper and loved to watch sumo wrestling and samurai dramas on TV.

The world's oldest living person is also Japanese - Kane Tanaka, a 116-year-old woman from Fukuoka.

Nonaka had six brothers and one sister, marrying in 1931 and fathering five children. Jiroemon Kimura died in June 2013 at the age of 116.

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