World's oldest man dies at 112 in Japan

Updated: 2015-07-07 13:48


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World's oldest man dies at 112 in Japan

Sakari Momoi (R) receives a Guinness World Records certificate naming him as the world's oldest man at 111 years of age, in Tokyo, in this photo taken by Kyodo August 20, 2014. [Photo/Agencies]

TOKYO - Sakari Momoi, a Japanese man recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest male, has died at the age of 112, local media reported on Tuesday.

Momoi, who lived in the city of Saitama near Tokyo, was recognized by Guinness as the oldest man in August 2014.

He died of chronic kidney failure at a hospital in Tokyo on Sunday.

Momoi, formerly a teacher, taught agricultural chemistry at public high schools in Saitama and Fukushima prefectures.

Following his death, Yasutaro Koide, a 112-year-old man in Nagoya, has become the oldest man in Japan, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.

Misao Okawa, a Japanese woman recognized as the world's oldest person, died at the age of 117 in Osaka in April.