The world has seen a lot of changes since 1905. The Wright Brothers made their inaugural flight the following year. The United States went through financial ruin during The Great Depression then pulled itself out and become one of the world’s greatest superpowers. There have been two World Wars and countless other conflicts – both civil and global. There have been tyrants who massacred innocent people by the millions and others who tried. Automobiles weren’t invented yet but are now one of the most popular ways to get from point A to point B. Radios weren’t even a standard in every household, let alone telephones or televisions. The Internet wasn’t even a glimmer of someone’s imagination. Masazo Nonaka has lived through all of it.
Masazo Nonaka was just named by Guinness World Records as the oldest living man on the planet. He is 112. Born on July 24, 1905, his parents started a small inn near Mount Oakan in Japan when Nonaka was seven years old which his family maintains even today. Yado Nonaka Onsen is still in operation today and even has five stars on Trip Advisor! One of the reasons the small inn is so popular is partly due to its location, which is next to hot springs near the foot of the volcano.
Those hot springs are one of the reasons his family believes Nonaka has lived more than a century – that and he lives his life stress-free, having no problem telling people no. His granddaughter believes something else has kept Nonaka living as long as he has and the man himself even believes it, too.
“He loves eating any kinds of sweets — Japanese or western style,” his granddaughter Yuko Nonaka told reporters, adding, “He needs a wheelchair to move, but he is in good condition.”
Guinness World Records just certified that Nonaka is the oldest living man on the planet and indeed, Nonaka had no trouble wheeling himself onto the stage to receive his certificate. The famous record-keeping organization even gave Nonaka a strawberry cake to celebrate the achievement, which Nonaka thanked them for and added, “Delicious,” after he took his first bite.
Nonaka and his granddaughter may believe one of the reasons he’s lived so long is his relentless sweet tooth, but it seems there’s something in the Japanese water that has a hand in keeping Nonaka alive so long. According to BusinessInsider, Japan has 68,000 people who are over the age of 100! The average life expectancy in Japan is nearly 84 years, 14 years higher than the world’s average.
It turns out, however, that Nonaka isn’t even the oldest verified person in the world. That distinction belongs to another Japanese citizen, Nabi Tajima, who has been certified as the world’s oldest living person and 117 years and counting!
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