- Chitetsu Watanabe was on Wednesday, 12 February, presented with a certificate of the oldest male in the world by Guinness World Records
- Watanabe hailed from Nigiita where he lived in a nursing home before meeting his death
- The oldest man in the world died at the age of 112 only four years shy of the record for the oldest man ever, Jiroemon Kimura who died in 2013 aged 116 years and 54 days
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World's oldest man, Chitetsu Watanabe, has died in Japan at the age of 112.
Watanabe died on Sunday, 23 February, with his death being announced on Tuesday, 25 February, by the Niigata prefecture government.
In a post by Guinness World Records on Facebook, they eulogised Watanabe who was presented his record title two weeks ago.
"We are saddened to learn of the passing of oldest man Chitetsu Watanabe, who was presented with his record title just two weeks ago. Our thoughts and condolences are with Watanabe’s family," read the post.
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The old man was residing at a nursing home in Nigiita, Japan.
According to CNN reports, world's oldest man was born on March 5, 1907.
He graduated from an agricultural school before securing employment at Dai-Nippon Meiji Sugar factory before moving to Taiwan to help conclude sugar cane plantation contracts there.
Chitetsu Watanabe from Niigata, Japan who was aged 112 years, 344 days as of Wednesday, February 12, was presented with a certificate of the oldest male in the world at a nursing home where he lives.
The late man attributed his longevity to "not getting angry and keeping a smile on his face".
While in Taiwan he got married to Mitsue who bore him five children.
He served in the military towards the end of the Pacific war in 1944 before returning home where he worked at an agricultural department in Niigata until his retirement.
Watanabe was only four years shy of the record for the oldest man ever, Jiroemon Kimura also from Japan who died in 2013 aged 116 years and 54 days.
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