111-year-old from Japan is now world's oldest man

Published On: Aug 20 2014 10:47:43 AM EDT
Updated On: Aug 20 2014 10:26:45 AM EDT
Sakari Momoi

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Guinness World Records has officially named a Japanese man the oldest man in the world.

Sakari Momoi, an 111-year-old retired Japanese educator, has now been recognized as the world's oldest living man, reports The Associated Press.

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 Misao Okawa, a 116-year-old woman from Osaka, Japan.

Momoi was born Feb. 5, 1903, in Fukushima prefecture. He enjoys reading books, especially Chinese poetry, and sometimes practices calligraphy.

Momoi is one of 54,000 centenarians in Japan.

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