June 19, 2007 in Nation/World

Oldest man aims to stay that way

Associated Press The Spokesman-Review

TOKYO – At 111, the world’s oldest man keeps a daily diary, drinks milk and stays away from alcohol and smoking.

“I don’t want to die,” Tomoji Tanabe told reporters Monday, while receiving a certificate from the Guinness World Records at a ceremony in southern Japan verifying him as the world’s oldest male.

The world’s oldest person, a woman, is also Japanese. Yone Minagawa, 114, was born Jan. 4, 1893.

Experts often attribute the longevity of the Japanese to a diet rich in vegetables and fish.

Thoughts and opinions on this story? Click here to comment >>

Get stories like this in a free daily email