World's oldest man in Japan dies, aged 112
THE world's oldest man, Yasutaro Koide, died yesterday at the age of 112 in central Japan, a local official said.
Born just months before the Wright brothers made their first successful flight in the United States in 1903, he died in hospital in Nagoya, where he had lived for many years, said the city official.
The super-centenarian, recognised as the world's oldest male at 112 last year, died of heart failure and pneumonia, the official added.
Mr Koide, a former tailor who was born on March 13, 1903 in Fukui prefecture, north-west of Tokyo, received a certificate from the Guinness World Records confirming the achievement after another Japanese man - who was just a month older - died in July.
Asked about the key to longevity, he said: "The best thing to do is avoid overwork and live with joy."
According to the Guinness World Records, the oldest person is American Susannah Mushatt Jones at 116.