World's oldest man alive shares the secret to long life

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Nabi Tajima, a 117-year-old Japanese resident of Kagoshima Prefecture, is likely to be recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living woman, after the death of Jamaican Violet Brown aged 117 in September 2017.

He dug into a cake bought for the celebration and said it was "delicious".

Masazo Nonaka from Japan was on Tuesday recognised as the world's oldest man at the ripe old age of 112, as his family revealed his secret: candies and hot baths.

Nonaka, whose family owns and runs a 105-year-old Japanese onsen (mineral bath and spa), owes his longevity to soaking in hot springs coupled with eating candies.

Born July 25, 1905, the supercentenarian said some of his secrets to living so long is indulging in hot baths and candies, The Daily Mail reported Tuesday. It is also the year when the Taft-Katsura Agreement took place and months before Albert Einstein officially published his special theory of relativity. In 1931, Nonaka married Hatsuno and went on to have five children with her.

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"He loves eating any kinds of candies - Japanese or western style. He reads newspapers every day and often soaks in the hot springs". He now spends his time surrounded by his family and cozied up with his pet cats of whom he is very fond.

His granddaughter Yuko said that her grandfather enjoys relaxing in the hot spring once a week and has a sweet tooth.

There are around 68,000 people aged 100 or older in the country, the government said past year.

The greatest authenticated age for any human is 122 years, 164 days by Jeanne Louise Calment of France, who died in 1997.

Nonaka may be the oldest living male in the world, but the oldest man to ever live was Jiroemon Kimura, who was also Japanese.

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