Tomoji Tanabe, World's oldest man, dies at age 113
Tomoji Tanabe, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world's oldest man died in his home in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan, this Friday at the age of 113.
Born in 1895 Tanabe lived with his fifth son and daughter-in-law and had eight children—five sons and three daughters. The former city land surveyor also had 25 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.
The number of Japanese living past 100 has more than doubled in the last six years, reaching a record high of 36,000 people in 2008. The country’s centenarian ranks are dominated by women, who make up 86 percent of the total.
Japan’s centenarian population is expected to reach nearly 1 million—the world’s largest—by 2050, according to U.N. projections.