GRG News for 2020

Chitetsu Watanabe, GWR and GRG-validated World's Oldest Man, dies at 112

Chitetsu Watanabe during the official GWR recognition (Feb. 12, 2020):
Chitetsu Watanabe, 112

Feb. 25, 2020; The Gerontology Research Group is saddened to inform that the world's oldest living man, Chitetsu Watanabe, has passed away in Japan on February 23, 2020 at the age of 112, as reported by the Niigata prefecture government. Watanabe, who was residing at a nursing home in Niigata, was born on March 5, 1907. He was officially confirmed by the Guinness World Record as the oldest living man on February 12, 2020. According to the Guinness World Records, he was born in Niigata and later moved to Taiwan in order to work on a sugar cane plantation. After his return to Japan he worked as an employee at an agricultural office in Niigata until his retirement. Watanabe died before he could claim the title of the oldest man ever. That record is held by Jiroemon Kimura of Japan (1897-2013) aged 116 years and 54 days. In an interview for a local newspaper in January 2019, Watanabe said his secret to longevity was "not to get angry and keep a smile on your face."

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