California, August 22: Guinness World Records on Friday confirmed that Japan's Yasutaro Koide has been officially recognized as the Oldest person living (male) at the impressive age of 112 years and 161 days.
Yasutaro was born on 13 March 1903 – the year that the Wright Brothers created the first ever successful airplane, and the year the debut Tour de France cycling race took place.
Having worked as tailor for a men’s clothes shop in Tsuruga, Fukui, he moved to Nagoya, Aichi, Japan when he was 107 in order to be with his daughter.
Despite his incredible age, currently Yasutaro is doing well for his age, living at home and regularly attending a day care centre. He still is able to walk when he is at home, but otherwise he uses a wheelchair, he uses his own teeth rather than dentures to eat and can read the newspaper without glasses.
Erika Ogawa, Vice President Japan, Guinness World Records visited the oldest living man today to present him with a certificate of his record title and celebrate his amazing long life.
Also in attendance were three of his seven children, two of his nine grandchildren and one great grandchild attended a ceremony.
"The best thing is to not overdo," Yasutaro told Associated Press. He also recommended not smoking or drinking and said his favourite food is bread.
His granddaughter, Aya Kikuchi, told local newspaper Chunichi Shimbun her grandfather once tended to be very strict about manners. "He was very stubborn, but he got nicer with age," she said. "His lifestyle is one that avoids stress."
Japanese people have held many of the longevity records over the years, as Mr Koide acquired the title from Mr Sakari Momoi (Japan), who very sadly passed away on 5 July 2015 aged 112 years and 150 days.
The nation has has about 54,000 centenarians, with the governmen reportedly considering scrapping or scaling back a 52-year-old program that presents each person reaching the century mark with an ornate sake dish and letter of congratulations from the prime minister.
Koide is four years behind the Oldest man ever, Jiroemon Kimura (also Japan), who lived until he was 116 years old and 54 days.
Currently, the Oldest person living (female) Susannah Mushatt Jones (USA) who is an incredible 116 years old, but the Oldest person ever is Jeanne Calment (France) who thrived for 122 years and 164 days.
Japanese jazz group Golden Senior Trio recently was awarded the Guinness World Records title for The Oldest Band, with an average age of 83 years and 19 days as of 5 July 2015.