Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Oldest man marks 114th birthday

Jirouemon Kimura celebrates his 114th birthday at his home in Kyotango, Japan (AP)

The world's oldest man has celebrated his 114th birthday with a traditional Japanese meal.

Jirouemon Kimura began his new year with a breakfast of grilled fish with steamed rice and red beans, a typical meal on special occasions in Japan.

City official Toru Okubo said Mr Kimura was celebrating at his home in Kyoto, which he shares with the 82-year-old widow of his eldest son and the 58-year-old widow of a grandson.

Mr Okubo said Mr Kimura had seven children, five of whom are still alive. He also has 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

The Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group lists Mr Kimura, born in 1897, as the world's oldest man. The previous title holder was Walter Breuning of Montana, US, who died earlier this month.

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