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Oldest man marks 114th birthday

Kyodo

Yukichi Chuganji, a Japanese recognized as the oldest man in the world, marked his 114th birthday Sunday in Ogori, Fukuoka Prefecture.

Unlike last year, when celebrations were held for his entry into the Guinness Book of Records, Chuganji had a quiet birthday this year. He celebrated with family members, including his oldest daughter, Kyoko, 73.

Fukuoka Gov. Wataru Aso sent his congratulations, wishing Chuganji continued health.

Chuganji was born in Chikushino, Fukuoka Prefecture, in 1889, the year that saw the promulgation of the prewar Japanese Constitution.

In his younger years, he worked as a silkworm breeder, a bank employee and a community welfare officer.

According to Ogori city officials, Chuganji spends many days in bed due to failing eyesight. But he has three solid meals a day and enjoys eating hard caramels with his own teeth.

He inherited the male longevity crown with the death in January last year of an Italian man who was three months older than Chuganji.

The oldest person in the world is 115-year-old Kamato Hongo, a Japanese woman living in the city of Kagoshima.

Both Kagoshima and Fukuoka prefectures are located in Kyushu in southwestern Japan.