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World’s oldest man dies in Japan aged 112

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July 7, 2015: Sakari Momoi who is the world’s oldest man died in Japan at the age of 112.

According to the official at Saitama City, north of Tokyo, Momoi passed away late on Sunday where he had live for many years. Momoi was born month before the Wright brothers made their first successful flight.

Further official said, “We heard from his family… that his health worsened one or two weeks ago,”

Momoi, a former high school principal who was born on February 5, 1903 in Minamisoma, Fukushima, an area badly hit by the deadly 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami in 2011 that triggered the world worst nuclear crisis in a generation., received a certificate from  Guinness World Records confirming the achievement last year.

He was recognised as the world’s oldest male at the age of 111 last year, who died of kidney failure in a care home in Tokyo.

Dressed in a black suit, white shirt and silver tie, Momoi told assembled media that he did not plan on going anywhere just yet.

“I want to live for about two more years,” he said in soft voice at that time.

According to the US-based Gerontology Research Group, the title of world’s oldest man now passes to Japan’s Yasutaro Koide, also 112 years old and just over a month younger than Momoi.

On the opposite side of the Pacific, the world’s oldest person celebrated her 116th birthday on Monday.

New Yorker Susannah Mushatt Jones, a former live-in housekeeper, known as “T” to her 100 nieces and nephews, was born on July 6, 1899.

Japan is known for the longevity of its people and around a quarter of its population of 128 million is aged 65 or older.

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