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Friday, January 4, 2013

Jiroemon Kimura
Jiroemon Kimura (photo: brisbanetimes.com.au)

Jiroemon Kimura now been crowned The World's Oldest Man. The man who lived in Japan does not know why he can live long, but he thought that maybe because he often exposed to sunlight.

Kimura was crowned as the oldest man in the world after the previous title holder, Dina Manfredini of Johnston from Iowa passed away on December 17 at age 115 years. Meanwhile, Kimura who was born on 19 April 1897 was 15 days younger than Manfredini.

It is known he was 6 years old when the Wright brothers flew the first airplane, and it was almost 64 years old when Yuri Gagarin's first flight into space.

The bestowal to Kimura as the oldest man in the world has been recognized by the Gerontology Research Group, which is an international agency that specifically examines a person's longevity.

Jiroemon Kimura
The Oldest Man in the World, Kimura (photo: thenewstribe.com)

Kimura and his family live in Kyoto, and he was celebrating the 115th anniversary in April 2012 ago. When he asked about his longevity recipe, he said the sun and his efforts to keep the mind stay fit.

"I do not know exactly, maybe it's all due to the sun above me. I always look at the sky," said Kimura.

Kimura is currently known to have 5 children, 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 13 piut (son of the great-grandchildren). His youngest Piut known 11-month-old named Shoichi Okada.

So far, Japan is known as one of the countries with high life expectancy. Healthy diet which many fibers, fish and rarely consumption of red meat is estimated to affect it.

The people are also known to do a lot of physical activity such as walking, even residents who are elderly is often found still active.

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