Masazo Nonaka, who was certified as the world’s oldest living man last year at the age of 112 years and 259 days, was born on 25 July 1905, shortly before Albert Einstein published his theory of special relativity, he went on to outlive all seven of his siblings, his wife, and three of his five children.
“We feel shocked at the loss of this big figure. He was as usual yesterday and passed away without causing our family any fuss at all,” said his granddaughter, Yuko Nonaka.
At the time of being confirmed the world’s oldest man by Guinness World Records in April last year, Mr Nonaka was still able to move around by himself in a wheelchair. He read a newspaper each morning, enjoyed watching sumo wrestling and samurai TV dramas, and had a taste for cakes.