Jiroemon pictured earlier this year with Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday
Guinness World Records can today confirm that Japan's Jiroemon Kimura is both the Oldest Male and the Oldest Living Person, aged 115 years, 253 days.
Jiroemon surpasses the current Guinness World Records holder for Oldest Male, Thomas Peter Thorvald Kristian Ferdinand 'Christian' Mortensen, who lived to 115 years, 252 days and gained the Guinness World Record for Oldest Living Person on 17th December after Dina Manfredini (US) passed away aged 115 years, 241 days.
Jiroemon Kimura, who lives in Kyotango City, Kyoto, was born on 19 April, 1897, and is only the third man in history to reach the age of 115. His life has spanned three centuries, during which time he has witnessed immense social and technological advances including the introduction of motor vehicles, television and the internet as well as the reign of six Britishy monarchs, five Emperors of Japan and 20 US Presidents.
From 1914, Mr. Kimura worked at the Post Office until the age of 65 when he retired. He continued to engage in agriculture until he was 90.
Mr Kimura has an astonishing 14 grand-children, 25 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great grandchildren.
His personal motto is 'eat light to live long' and he believes the key to his longevity has something to do with the regular healthy and small meals that he has eaten throughout his life.
Japan is the country with the most centenarians in the world. Okinawa has the highest concentration of centenarians with a ratio of 50 per 100,000 people.
Additionally, the record for the oldest average age is also held by Japan, where the median age - that is, the age at which there are an equal number of people above and below - is a record high of 44.7.
However, the oldest person ever to have lived is Jeanne Calment (France) who lived to 122 years and 164 days.
Commenting on today's news, Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday said, "The record for oldest living man lies at the very heart of Guinness World Records and to be able to present Mr Kimura his second Guinness World Records title is truly an honour. Kimura-san is an exceptional person. We know of only four other male super centenarians alive today and incredibly, he is only the third man in history to reach the age of 115."