Mr Nonaka’s family said they noticed he wasn’t breathing and a doctor later pronounced him dead. In retirement he enjoyed watching sumo wrestling on TV and eating sweets. Nonaka had six brothers and one sister, marrying in 1931 and fathering five children. His wife died in 1992 and only two of his children are still alive. Mr Nonaka’s granddaughter, Yuko, said her family has been able to live a happy life thanks to him.
Before retiring, he ran a traditional Japanese hot spring inn at Mount Meakan, an active volcano in Akan National Park. His family believes Nonaka’s longevity was due to the fact that he lived a stress-free life. Guinness officially recognized Nonaka as the oldest living man after the death of Spaniard Francisco Nunez Olivera last year. Nonaka was born in July 1905, according to Guinness World Records. His successor to oldest living man is Gustav Gerneth, although Gerneth’s age is currently unconfirmed.