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Oldest man celebrates his 112th birthday

world Updated: Sep 18, 2007 15:07 IST
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The world's oldest male recognised by Guinness World Records Tomoji Tanabe, celebrated his 112th birthday on Tuesday at his home in Miyakonojo.

"I thank you all," Tanabe said while replying Miyakonojo Mayor, Makoto Nagamine's, query of what his impression was of becoming 112 years old.

Tanabe looked to be in good shape as he walked around the house with a paper fan in his hand.

Asked how many years he would like to live, he said, "I want to live indefinitely. I don't want to die."

While disclosing his diet, he said he had rice, miso soup with seaweed, and Goya boiled in soy sauce for breakfast.

Tanabe lives with his fifth son Motoori, 67.

According to his family, he keeps a diary, reads the newspaper in detail everyday, and lives without any major assistance or care from other people apart from getting a little help when he needs to bathe.

Tanabe, who was born September 18, 1895, was presented in June 2007 with a certificate for being the world's oldest male from Britain's Guinness World Records.

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