Tuesday, 18th December 2012
In General Japan News,
Japanese man takes over as world's oldest living person
Japan can lay claim to having the oldest living person on its shores thanks to 115-year-old Jiroemon Kimura.
Mr Kimura, who is a resident of Kyptango, has been described by the area's mayor Yasushi Nakayama as "the pride of our town".
He has an incredible 13 great-great-grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 14 grandchildren.
US citizen Dina Manfredini had held the post of oldest living person in the world when she passed away on Monday (December 17th) leaving Mr Kimura holding the title.
Ms Manfredini had only held the title herself for two weeks after inheriting it from 116-year-old Besse Cooper of Georgia.
Senior consultant of gerontology for Guinness World Records Robert Young whose organisation keeps track of the world's oldest occupants said that he thought Mr Kimura was the second oldest man ever documented.
The title of oldest person ever recorded is still held by Frenchman Jeanne Calment, who lived to be 122 years old and died in 1997.
Written by Graham McPherson