It was just a little over a week ago that we were reading about 115 year old Jiroemon Kimura becoming the oldest person alive after his predecessor, 116 year old Dina Manfredini, passed away. But now Japan’s Kimura has set a new, more incredible record: becoming the oldest living man ever. Born on April 19th, 1897, he has just passed previous record holder Christian Mortensen, a Danish-American who passed away in 1998 after living 115 years and 252 days.
Kimura is only the third man in history to reach the age of 115 years, and the Guinness World Records organization has already recognized him as the world’s oldest living man. Living such a long life has given him the ability to see his extended family grow, which now includes grandchildren, 25 great-grandkids, and 13 great-great-grandchildren. Kimura currently lives in Kyoto with his son’s family after spending his career years as a postal worker.
Kyotango Mayor Yasushi Nakayama gives Kimura official recognition as the pride of the town. As his official Facebook page reads, the 115 year old spends his days waking up early and reading the newspaper with a magnifying glass. He also enjoys chatting with people and feels small meals are an important part of his health. While he has become the oldest man ever, the female gender still has him beat by a good seven years, with Jeanne Calment, who passed away in 1997, holding the record of longest living person at 122 years.