Japanese named world's oldest man
23 Aug NHK TV
A 111-year-old retired Japanese educator who enjoys poetry has been
recognized as the world's oldest living man.
Sakari Momoi received a certificate from Guinness World Records on
Wednesday. He succeeds Alexander Imich of New York, who died in June at
the age of 111 years, 164 days.The world's oldest living person is also
Japanese: Misao Okawa, a 116-year-old woman from Osaka.
Momoi was born Feb. 5, 1903, in Fukushima prefecture, where he became
a teacher. He moved to the city of Saitama, north of Tokyo, after World
War II and was a high school principal there until retirement.At the
televised ceremony, Momoi wore a dark suit and silver tie, with his
white hair neatly combed.
He stood up from his wheelchair and moved to a chair next to it with
little assistance.Asked how he felt about the record, Momoi pushed his
back upright and said he wants to live longer.Ă“Say, another two years,"
Momoi said he enjoys reading books, especially Chinese poetry, and
sometimes practices calligraphy.He said there is no special trick for
his longevity, but his caregivers say Momoi keeps early hours and eats
healthy, according to NHK public television.
He has five children and lives at a nursing home in Tokyo.Momoi is
one of 54,000 centenarians in Japan. The country is the fastest aging in
the world and has the highest average life expectancy 80.21 for men and
86.61 for women.