A Japanese man who was certified as the oldest living man by the Guinness World Records in August 2014, turned 112 on Thursday. Sakari Momoi is a resident of Saitama city.
He now lives at a healthcare institution in Tokyo and celebrated his birthday with his friends and family. Momoi was born Feb 5, 1903, in Fukushima prefecture.
He was an agricultural chemistry teacher and principal of prefectural government-run high schools in Fukushima and Saitama.
The world’s oldest living woman recognised by Guinness is also a Japanese. Misao Okawa, a 116-year-old in Osaka, will turn 117 next month.
Sakari was on February 5, 1903 and became the world’s oldest man after the death of 111-year-old Alexander Imich on June 8, 2014. Imich was only one day older than Momoi.
Momoi served as the first president of Hanawa Fukushima Prefectural Technical High School from 1948 to 1951 and served as the principal of Saitama Prefectural Yono High School from 1953 to 1959.
He was decorated with the Order of the Sacred Treasure, 4th Class from the Japanese Emperor. In an interview on “Respect for the Aged Day” in September 2013, he said he would like to live for two more years.
He had been hospitalized on June 10, 2014 but recovered.
(With inputs from IANS)