The holder of the title of "oldest man in the world", the Japanese Masazo Nonaka, died Sunday at the age of 113, reported the Japanese media.
Masazo Nonaka was born on July 25, 1905 and received on April 10, 2018 his official certificate of Guinness of Records in his home in Hokkaido, the big Japanese island in the north of the country.
"We are upset," Kyodo News told his granddaughter Yuko, "he was as usual yesterday and he left discreetly."
Masazo Nonaka had six brothers and a sister. He married in 1931 and had five children. A lover of sweet treats and sumo tournaments on television, he lived with his family who run a ryokan, a traditional inn where visitors can bask in "onsen" (hot volcanic spring).
Japan, known for the long life expectancy of its inhabitants, can claim to have been the country of several deans, including Jiroemon Kimura, who died in June 2013 at 116, and Sakari Momoi, who died in July 2015 to 112 years old.
According to Guinness, the record of longevity that can be officially proven, both sexes, is still held by the French Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at 122 years and 164 days. Russian researchers have recently questioned it, provoking controversy in the scientific community.