“World’s Oldest Man” Title Now Held by Japanese Man

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Perhaps we should all take a closer look into a diet full of rice, sashimi, and all the other foods in the Japanese regime, as Japan is now playing home to the world’s oldest man and oldest woman.

Saitama Prefecture resident, Sakari Momoi, is set to take the record for oldest living man at 111 years old, following the death of Alexander Imich on Sunday. The former world’s oldest man lived in New York and was originally from Poland. He was just one day older than Momoi, who was born on February 5, 1903.

Having lived through both World Wars while living in Fukushima Prefecture, Momoi later served as a principal at both Hanawa Fukushima Prefectural Technical High School in Fukushima and Yono High School in Saitama.

Momoi is said to be in good shape, according to an official of the health bureau in Saitama Prefecture, and lives in a hospital in Tokyo. In an interview last year, Momoi said he hopes to live at least two more years. He eats three meals a day and can sit, stand and use the restroom on his own, according the the interview. To compensate for his hardness of hearing, Momoi writes to communicate.

Whether it’s good genes, diet, lifestyle—or all of them combined—Japanese citizens have been topping the charts for longest living humans for quite a while. 116-year-old Misao Okawa from Osaka is currently the oldest living person in the world, and just before Imich became the oldest man, another Japanese man Jokichi Ikarashi preceded him. Ikarashi was born in 1902 and passed away in July 2013.

Image: NBC/AFP

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