Hot springs and cakes for 112-year-old

Nonaka, who lives in a family-run hot spring inn on the northern island of Hokkaido, was presented with the certificate on Tuesday by the Guinness World Records.

A 112-year-old man from Japan says eating candies and hot baths are his secret as he was officially recognised as the world's oldest living man.

Born on July 25, 1905, Nonaka received a certificate from Guinness World Records, Xinhua news agency reported citing the local media.

Nonaka puts his extraordinary longevity down to spending lots of time in hot springs and eating candies, although his family said it can be explained by the fact that he lives his life in a way that doesn't cause stress.

He has seven brothers and one sister who live nearby in Ashoro, Hokkaido and his already large family grew further after he married Hatsuno in 1931, going on to have five children with her.

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Following the death of Jamaican Violet Brown aged 117 in September 2017, Nabi Tajima, a 117-year-old Japanese resident of Kagoshima Prefecture, was likely to be recognised by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living woman. After the previous title holder Yisrael Kristal of Israel died last August at 113, Guinness had been trying to confirm the oldest living man. But his favorite pastime is soaking in the hot springs and relaxing.

Mr Nonaka manoeuvres himself in his wheelchair, reads a newspaper after breakfast every morning, and loves to watch sumo wrestling and samurai dramas on TV.

Yuko Nonaka, his granddaughter, said he put much of his longevity down to a soft spot for Japanese and Western candies. He is also fond of spending time with his family.

The world's oldest living person is Nabi Tajima, a 117-year-old resident of the southern Japanese prefecture of Kagoshima, according to the US -based Gerontology Research Group.

There are around 68,000 people aged 100 or older in the country, the government said past year.

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