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Masazo Nonaka
Masazo Nonaka
Masazo Nonaka being recognised by Guinness World Records, April 2018
Birth: 25 July 1905
Ashoro, Hokkaido, Japan
Death: 20 January 2019
Ashoro, Hokkaido, Japan
Age: 113 years, 179 days
Country: JAP FlagJPN
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Masazo Nonaka [Japanese: 野中正造] (25 July 1905 – 20 January 2019) was a validated Japanese supercentenarian who was the world's oldest living man from the death of Francisco Nunez Olivera on 29 January 2018 until his own death nearly a year later.

Biography

Masazo Nonaka was born in Kamitoshibetsu, Ashoro, Hokkaido on 25 July 1905 as the eldest son of Masujiro and Kiyo Nonaka. His mother was founder of onsen (Japanese hot spring) "Nonaka". He had two brothers and three sisters (all now deceased). He married Hatsuno Nonaka and had 5 children (2 living).

Nonaka lived in Ashoro, Hokkaido. He was the oldest living person in the Hokkaido Prefecture since the death of Teru Hatakeyama (who was just five days older than him) on 3 April 2016 and the oldest living man in Japan since the death of Masamitsu Yoshida on 29 October 2016.

On 25 July 2017, Nonaka celebrated his 112th birthday. Following the death of Israel Kristal on 11 August 2017, Nonaka was, at that time, the oldest living man validated by the Gerontology Research Group. However, the subsequent validation of Francisco Nunez Olivera meant that Nonaka was recognised as being the oldest living man following the death of Nunez Olivera on 29 January 2018. He was officially recognised by Guinness World Records on 10 April 2018.

On 25 July 2018, Nonaka celebrated his 113th birthday, and was the fourth validated Japanese man and the world's 18th validated man to do so. On 7 October 2018, when surpassing the age of Mie Ishiguro, Nonaka became the oldest person ever born in Hokkaido prefecture (Hatsue Ono, the oldest person ever from Hokkaido prefecture, was born in Iwate prefecture).

Nonaka died in his sleep on 20 January 2019 in Ashoro, Hokkaido, Japan at the age of 113 years, 179 days. His successor as the world's oldest living man is yet to be determined.    

References


Japan's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Ikumatsu Matsuura • Masakichi Kai • Goro Usuyama • Shizuo Jinjiang • Kokuzo Iwate • Eisaku Takada • Hisaharu Arai • Chojiro Goto • Yozotaro Yoshikawa • Masutaro Sato • Takataro Hiragushi • Mataichi Ono • Shotaro Tanaka • Rinzo Shimizu • Koji Onishi • Inasaku Abe • Mokotaru Osada • Eiju Tsuru • Kiichi Fujiwara • Nisaburo Matsuyama • Shimetaro Hara • Gihei Oka • Gengan Tonaki • Denzo Ishizaki • Sadayoshi Tanabe • Yukichi Chuganji • Kameni Nakamura • Minsho Ozawa • Totaro Murakami • Kohachi Shigetaka • Nijiro Tokuda • Tomoji Tanabe • Jiroemon Kimura • Jokichi Ikarashi • Sakari Momoi • Yasutaro Koide • Masamitsu Yoshida • Masazo NonakaChitetsu Watanabe


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 • Francisco Nunez Olivera • Masazo Nonaka