Media reports say Japan’s Masazo Nonaka passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning. Saskia O’Donoghue reports
The world’s oldest man – 113-year-old Masazo Nonaka – has died
ASHORO, HOKKAIDO PREFECTURE, JAPAN (REUTERS / JAPAN OUT) – That’s according to Japanese media reports that said he passed away in the early hours of Sunday (January 20) morning.
A farmer and lumberjack in his youth, Nonaka later ran a hot-spring resort in Ashoro where he raised two sons and three daughters.
A document kept by local welfare authorities described how he regularly soaked himself in the sulfur-rich hot springs and also had an insatiable appetite for sweets, especially strawberry shortcake.
The oldest man that has ever lived was also Japanese, Jiroemon Kimura, who died in 2013 at the age of 116 years and 54 days.