Guinness World Records is saddened to learn of the passing of Chitetsu Watanabe on 23 February 2020 who held the title of oldest person living (male). Our thoughts and condolences are with Mr. Watanabe’s family.
Mr. Watanabe was born on 5 March 1907 in Niigata. He was one of Haruzo and Miya Watanabe’s eight children.
Guinness World Records representative handed the certificate to Mr. Watanabe on 12 February 2020 when he was 112 years 344 days old at the nursing home in Niigata, Japan. He received the record title after Mr. Masazo Nonaka (Japan, b. 25 July 1905 – 20 January 2019).
The oldest person ever to have lived is Jeanne Calment (France), who lived to be 122 years and 164 days, and the oldest man ever is Jiroemon Kimura (Japan), who was born on 19 April 1897 and passed away aged at the age of 116 years and 54 days on 12 June 2013.
The oldest person living is Kane Tanaka (Japan, b. 2 January 1903) who lives in Fukuoka, Japan.
Guinness World Records is currently investigating the title for both female and male oldest person living. Further information will be announced upon confirmation of the next record holder.