World’s Oldest Man Attributes Long Life to Hot Springs and Dessert
We’ll have what he’s having!
Masazo Nonaka has it all figured out. At 112 years old, Guinness World Records recently recognized him as the world’s oldest living man. Nonaka, who lives with his family at their bed and breakfast in Ashoro, Japan, credits his longevity to soaking in hot springs and eating sweets.
"He loves eating any kinds of sweets—Japanese or western style," Yuko, his granddaughter, told AFP. "He needs a wheelchair to move but he is in good condition… he reads newspapers every day.”
Nonaka especially fond of strawberry sponge cake, but any dessert will do, his family said. He even responded "yum" when he saw that a cake accompanied his official record certificate last week.
According to his daughter, Nonaka’s longevity is more likely the result of avoiding stress by being clear about his needs: If he doesn't want something, he makes sure everyone knows about it, she told Guinness World Records. He also likes to watch sumo wrestling on TV.
Nonaka inherited the record from Francisco Nuñez Olivera of Spain, who died in January at the age of 113.