Jiroemon Kimura, world’s oldest man alive, celebrated his 116 birthday yesterday.
Kimura was born as Kinjiro Miyake to parents Morizo and Fusa Miyake in Kyotango, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan on April 19, 1897. He is one of the 12 alive verified persons who have lived through 3 centuries.
He worked as postman until he was 65 and thereafter he started farming until his nineties. He has 7 children out of which 5 are alive. He now has 15 grandchildren (14 alive), 25 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
Craig Glenday (Editor-in-Chief, Guinness World Records) presented Kimura in October 2012, the certificate of oldest man alive on the Earth.
Jeanne Louise Calment (Feb 21, 1875 – Aug 4, 1997) holds the title of Guinness Book of Records as the longest human being ever lived. She lived for 122 years and 164 days.