Smile and live long, says 112-year-old crowned as world’s oldest man 

A 112-year-old Japanese man, Chitetsu Watanabe, who was crowned the world’s oldest male, said “smiling” is the key to his long life.  He was born on March 5, 1907 in Niigata, north of Tokyo. He was officially given the title at his nursing home in the city, Guinness World Records said on Wednesday.

According to a  report by AFP, Watanabe, who is married with five children, said the secret to longevity is to “not get angry and keep a smile on your face.” 

Watanabe has a penchant for sweets such as custard pudding — but it appears to have done him no harm. 

Japan has one of the world’s highest life expectancies and has been home to several people recognised as among the oldest humans to have ever lived. They include Jiroemon Kimura, the longest-living man on record, who died soon after his 116th birthday in June 2013, AFP said.

The oldest verified person ever — Jeanne Louise Calment of France — died in 1997 at the age of 122, according to Guinness.