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115-year-old Japanese man confirmed as world’s oldest person

New York, Dec. 28 (ANI): A 115-year-old man from Kyotango, near Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto, has officially become the oldest person alive.

According to the Telegraph, Jiroemon Kimura’s feat as the world’s oldest man has been recognised by the Gerontology Research Group, an international body that specifically deals in longevity research.

Kimura inherited the title from an Italian American woman Dina Manfredini from Iowa, who died on Monday – less than two weeks after she inherited the title, the New York Daily News reported.

Kimura, born on April 19, 1897, is 15 days younger than his predecessor Manfredini.

The former postal employee attributed his longevity to sunlight and his efforts to keeping his mind fit.

He has 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren. He lives with his son’s family. (ANI)