The world’s oldest man living ever today is Jiroemon Kimura, who is 115 years old, and now recorded in the Guinness World Records. He was born when Queen Victoria still reigned Great Britain and has a memory that will go on forever.
“He has an amazingly strong will to live,” Kimura’s nephew Tamotsu Miyake, 80, said in an interview. “He is strongly confident that he lives right and well.”
Kimura was born in western japan, breaking the previous record set by Christian Mortensen of California, who died in 1998 at the age of 115 years.
It does seem as if women do live longer because the oldest woman in recorded history was Jeanne Calment from France, died in 1997 at the age of 122.
Kimura is among 22 Japanese people on a list of the world’s 64 oldest people compiled by the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group, highlighting the challenges facing Japan as its population ages.
Kimura was in a hospital this morning, Yasuhiro Kawato, head of the section for elderly welfare at Kyotango’s city hall, said by phone.
“His condition has improved, and we’re not worried, but the doctors said it would be best if he stayed in the hospital into the new year,” Kawato said.
The world’s second-oldest living person, Japanese woman Koto Okubo, turned 115 on Dec. 24.
He is only the third man in history to reach 115 years of age, Guinness said in a statement today. He’s one of just four male supercentenarians, or people aged 110 or more, currently known to be alive, the organization said.
Kimura lives with his grandson’s widow, Eiko Kimura, in a two-story wooden house he built in the 1960s.
His daily routine has been the same for decades, Eiko wakes him up every day at 7:30 a.m. and takes him to a dining room for breakfast consisting of porridge and miso soup with potatoes and vegetables.