The world's oldest man, a Japanese, dies aged 112

    The world's oldest man, a Japanese, dies aged 112

    Jan 19, Tokyo: The world's oldest man, a Japanese, died at the age of 112 after suffering chronic heart problems, officials said. Yasutaro Koide, who was born on March 13, 1903, died two months short of his 113th birthday on Tuesday.

    He had said his secret to a long life was not to smoke, drink or overdo it.

    In the year he was born, the Wright brothers made their historic first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, and a modernizing Japan was embroiled in a dispute with Russia over Manchuria that would erupt into the Russo-Japanese War in early 1904, media reports said.

    Koide (pronounced "Ko-ee-deh") worked as a tailor when he was younger. He was recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest man last August.

    The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said he died at a hospital in Nagoya, central Japan, where he had been treated for heart problems.

    The Oslo Times


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