Masazo Nonaka being recognised by Guinness World Records, April 2018
|Birth:||25 July 1905|
Ashoro, Hokkaido, Japan
113 years, 142 days
Masazo Nonaka was born in Kamitoshibetsu, Ashoro, Hokkaido on 25 July 1905 as the eldest son of Masujiro and Kiyo Nonaka. His mother was founder of onsen (Japanese hot spring) "Nonaka". He had two brothers and three sisters (all now deceased). He married Hatsuno Nonaka and had 5 children (2 living).
Nonaka lives in Ashoro, Hokkaido. He is the oldest living person in Hokkaido prefecture since the death of Teru Hatakeyama (who was just five days older than him) on 3 April 2016 and the oldest living man in Japan since the death of Masamitsu Yoshida on 29 October 2016.
On 25 July 2017, Nonaka celebrated his 112th birthday. Following the death of Israel Kristal on 11 August 2017, Nonaka was, at that time, the oldest living man validated by the Gerontology Research Group. However, the subsequent validation of Francisco Nunez Olivera means that Nonaka is recognised as being the oldest living man since Nunez Olivera died at age 113 years, 47 days on 29 January 2018. He was officially recognised by Guinness World Records on 10 April 2018.
On 25 July 2018, Nonaka celebrated his 113th birthday, and was the 4th validated Japanese man and the world's 18th validated man to do so. On 7 October 2018, when surpassing the age of Mie Ishiguro, Nonaka became the oldest person ever born in Hokkaido prefecture (Hatsue Ono, the oldest person ever from Hokkaido prefecture, was born in Iwate prefecture).
- Gerontology Research Group
- 道内最高齢１１０歳 足寄の野中さん「湯」で長寿
- Japan’s oldest man, Masamitsu Yoshida, dies at 112 The Japan Times, 16 December 2016
- World's oldest man revealed as 112-year-old Masazo Nonaka Sky News, 10 April 2018
- Japan’s Masazo Nonaka confirmed as world's oldest living man aged 112 Guinness World Records, 10 April 2018
|Japan's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (V • E)|
Eiju Tsuru • Kiichi Fujiwara • Nisaburo Matsuyama • Shimetaro Hara • Gihei Oka • Gengan Tonaki • Denzo Ishizaki • Sadayoshi Tanabe • Yukichi Chuganji • Kameni Nakamura • Minsho Ozawa • Totaro Murakami • Kohachi Shigetaka • Nijiro Tokuda • Tomoji Tanabe • Jiroemon Kimura • Jokichi Ikarashi • Sakari Momoi • Yasutaro Koide • Masamitsu Yoshida • Masazo Nonaka