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Tomoji Tanabe, a 111-year-old resident of Miyakonojo, Miyazaki Prefecture, was presented Monday with a certificate for being the world’s oldest man from Britain’s Guinness World Records.

The document, mailed earlier to Miyakonojo City Hall, was delivered in person by Mayor Makoto Nagamine to Tanabe’s home, where he lives with his fifth-oldest son and his son’s wife.

Asked by the mayor how he feels about getting the certificate, Tanabe said with a smile, “It is nothing extraordinary.”

Tanabe was born Sept. 18, 1895, in Miyakonojo and has raised eight children.

Yone Minagawa, 114, is listed as the world’s oldest person. She lives in Fukuchi, Fukuoka Prefecture.

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