田鍋友時 (Tanabe Tomoji, born Sept 18, 1895) on June 18th received "World's Oldest Man" certificate from Guinness World Records during a ceremony in southern Japan, while telling reporters "I don't want to die."
He thanked his children and grandchildren for caring for him over the years and described the event as "nothing special."
At the age of 111, he still has a bit to go to catch up the "World's Oldest Person", 皆川 ヨ子 (Minagawa Yone, born January 4, 1893) who is 114.
"I don't drink alcohol -- that is the biggest reason for my good health," Tomoji Tanabe told reporters. He also told media he does not smoke and likes a glass of milk a day.
Interestingly enough, 泉 重千代 (Izumi Shigechiyo, June 29, 1865 – February 21, 1986) 120 years old, attributed his long life opposite that of 田鍋友時, with 焼酎, (shouchuu) used in part of his daily dietary regimen. Even against the words of his doctors, 泉 重千代 went on to say "Without shouchuu there would be no pleasure in life. I would rather die than give up drinking."
Japan has one of the highest life expectancy rates in the world, at 81.25 years of age as of 2006 with with 28,395 people aged 100 or above in Japan at the end of September last year (according to the Health Ministry). Even though some personal reasons may be different, experts often attribute the longevity to a Japanese diet rich in vegetables and fish and tight-knit communities.
Reports of 田鍋友時's new title can be found on Yahoo
and Mainichi Daily
I know things aren't as exciting without pictures... so here you go...
A sample of the popular Japanese Diet
Some 酎ハイ (Chu-Hi) which name comes from "shouchuu highball".