Oldest Man Dies

Japan has more than 51,000 centenarians and 20 super centenarians 110 or older.  

After fighting a long battle with pneumonia, Jiroemon Kimura a Japanese man, the oldest living man in recorded history, died Wednesday, June 11/ 2013. in his hometown of Kyotango, Japan.

Oldest Living Man

He held the Guinness World Record for being the oldest living man in history.  Becoming that record holder Dec. 17, 2012 after a 115 year old woman Dina Manfredini, an Italian-American died in Iowa.  Kimura was born on April 19, 1897 and was a postal worker for 45 years and a farmer until he was 90.  He kept his mind alert by learning English.  He also put emphasis on sunlight, eating small amounts, reading the newspaper and watching parliamentary debates on television.

I am always looking up 
towards the sky, that is how I am.

He is survived by seven children, 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great grandchildren.

To put his life in perspective:  He was around when Queen Victoria was on the British throne, lived through four Japanese emperors and 61 prime ministers.

"Jiroemon Kimura was an exceptional person," said Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records. "As the only man to have ever lived for 116 years - and the oldest man whose age has been fully authenticated - he has a truly special place in world history."

The title now goes to Misao Okawa of Osaka who just turned 115 March 5.  She is also the world's oldest woman.  Born in 1898 during the Spanish-American war. She's fond of pickled mackerel. Guinness will be confirming her new status as the oldest person alive.

Jeanne Calment 

The longest-living person in history was Jeanne Calment, a French woman who died in 1997 at the age of 122.

The funeral is scheduled for Friday.

"Mr. Kimura was and will always be a treasure to our town, to our country, and to our world, said Mayor Yasushi Nakayama.

I'm waiting for when I turned 116.  I too, have lived through, Oprah, Disco, the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the first moon walk, countless prime ministers, The Viet Nam War, The Gulf War, and the war on drugs. 

I'm hoping for a big cash award when I hit 116.

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