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Japanese, 111, man becomes world’s oldest male


Tokyo : A 111-year-old Japanese man officially became the world's oldest living male Monday when he received the certificate from Britain's Guinness World Records, media reports said.

Tomoji Tanabe of the southern Japanese province of Miyazaki received the framed certificate from a mayor of the city Miyakonojo, where he lives with one of his sons.

"It is nothing extraordinary," Tanabe was quoted by Japan's Kyodo News Agency as saying when he received the document.

Born on Sep 18, 1895, Tanabe grew up in Miyakonojo and raised eight children. He said the key to longevity is to stay away from alcohol.

"Not drinking alcohol is the best formula for keeping myself healthy," he said.

The oldest person alive is a Japanese woman Yone Minagawa, who lives in southern Japanese province of Fukuoka. She is 114.