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Oldest man aims to stay that way

Tue., June 19, 2007

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.


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