World's oldest man dies in Japan at 116

Tokyo, Jun 12 (EFE).- Jiroemon Kimura, acknowledged by Guinness World Records as the oldest person in the world, died Wednesday, authorities in the western Japanese municipality of Kyotango reported. He was 116.

Kimura died about a month after being hospitalized in the town where he had lived for almost his entire life.

With his death, Misao Okawa, a 115-year-old women living in the Japanese city of Osaka, has now become the world's oldest person, Guinness authorities announced in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Kimura, who was born into a family of farmers on April 19, 1897, was recognized as the world's oldest living man by Guinness World Records in 2011.

In December 2012, he moved into the position of the world's oldest person - male or female - with the death of U.S. citizen Dina Manfredini at age 115.

A few days afterwards, on Dec. 28, 2012, Kimura set a new record for being the oldest man ever recorded, surpassing Danish-American Christian Mortensen, who died in 1998 at age 115 years and 252 days.

The world's longest-living human on record, France's Jeanne Louise Calment, died in 1997 at age 122 years and 164 days.

Kimura, whose 15th great-great-grandchild was born recently, had seven children - of whom five are still alive - 14 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Japan, a country with one of the longest life expectancies for its citizens, has about 30 million inhabitants over age 65, about 24.1 percent of its population.