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Tomoji Tanabe
Tomoji Tanabe
Birth: 18 September 1895
Miyakonojo, Miyazaki, Japan
Death: 19 June 2009
Miyakonojo, Miyazaki, Japan
Age: 113 years, 274 days
Country: JAP FlagJPN
Validated

Tomoji Tanabe (18 September 1895—19 June 2009) was a Japanese supercentenarian who was, at the time of death, the world's oldest male. On his death, Henry Allingham became the world's oldest living man. He became the oldest validated living man on January 28 2007,  after the death of 115-year old Emiliano Mercado Del Toro, who was over 4 years old than him and despite being the youngest man to hold the title since John Painter (over 7 years before), he kept the title for over 2 years and reached 113 until his death from a heart disease.

Tanabe lived his life in Japan, and, at age 112, was extremely healthy. He maintained a careful, alcohol-free diet, and until near his death took long walks by himself every day. In his last years, distant supercentenarian watchers naively predicted he would one day be the oldest living person in the world due to his apparent health. He did manage to rank among the 100 oldest persons and the 10 oldest men ever documented. He is still the 10th oldest verified man ever. He also worked as a land surveyor and civil engineer.


World's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (V • TE)

Sylvester Melvin • Joseph Saint-Amour • William Fullingim • John Mosley Turner
Friedrich Wedeking • Frederick Butterfield • Jean Teillet • Charlie Nelson • Charlie Phillips • Mathew Beard • Joe Thomas • Herman Smith-Johannsen • Alphaeus Philemon Cole • John Evans • Henri Perignon • James Wiggins • Frederick Frazier • Josep Armengol-Jover • Christian Mortensen • Johnson Parks • Walter Richardson • Denzo Ishizaki • Antonio Urrea-Hernandez • John Painter • Antonio Todde • Yukichi Chuganji • Joan Riudavets-Moll • Fred Hale • Emiliano Mercado del Toro • Tomoji Tanabe • Henry Allingham • Walter Breuning • Jiroemon Kimura • Salustiano Sanchez • Arturo Licata • Alexander Imich • Sakari Momoi • Yasutaro Koide • Israel Kristal


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