113 year old Japanese man is celebrating his 113th birthday today

September 18th, 2008 - 6:22 pm ICT by David M N James  

Tomoji Tanabe, the world’s oldest male is now 113 years old.

He celebrated his 113th birthday today, Thursday 18th, at his home in southern Japan. He told journalists of his lovely and much joyful life and healthy appetite. Tomoji’s birthday was graced with flowers and a gigantic tea cup with his name emblemed and the date of birth inscribed also on the giant cup. “I’m happy,” said Tomoji Tanabe I’m well. I eat a lot,” he told reporters and the Mayor who paid him a visit and presented him with the gifts.

Tanabe is archived in the Guiness book of records and he is recognized as the oldest living male last year. Tomoji eats mostly vegetables and believes the key to longevity is avoiding alcohol as much as possible. Tomoji was a government official where he was a civil servant in the Japanese system. He lives with his son. Tanabe disclosed that he drinks milk every day and has no major illnesses, although he now writes in his diary only once or twice a month. According to his son, he used to write on a daily basis.

“His favorite food is fried shrimp and seriously avoids oily and fatty foods. Tanabe is hopeful he will live another 10 years and be physically able. The Japanese are famous for their long lives with the number of those aged 100 or older at a record 36,276, a government report last week showed. Reports indicate that Japanese women are top in the worlds for longevity, holding the record for 23 years.

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