Sakari Momoi, a Japanese man who has been certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest living man on earth, celebrates his 112th birth anniversary on Thursday.
Momoi, a resident of Saitama city located north of Tokyo, gave a huge smile as his family members extended birthday wishes to him, the Kyodo News agency reported citing the man's son Hiroo.
The super-centenarian – who is still in good heath although he lives in a hospital – was born on 5 February 1903 which was the year the Wright brothers successfully made their first ever flight, the Wall Street Journal notes.
The former teacher, who is originally from Fukushima prefecture, was 42 years old when World War II ended. When Neil Armstrong touched down on the moon, he was 66 while he was 108 when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in 2011.
Japanese people have usually held records for living a very long and healthy life – thanks mostly to their food habits, universal health-care in the country, lifestyle, health consciousness and social equality, according to experts.
Another Japanese man named Jiroemon Kimura also became the oldest man on record at 116-year-old, when he sadly passed away in June 2013.
The oldest living person in the world currently, is also a Japanese according to the Guinness. Misao Okawa, who was born on 5 March 1898 will become 117-years-old next month.
Longevity between men and woman have differed.
The top 10 oldest humans (both living and not living) on record are all females, the oldest ever being Jeanne Calment from France. Having being born on 21 February 1875 and died on 4 August 1997, she lived for 122 years and 164 days.