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article imageOldest human on planet celebrates birthday number 116, quietly

By Marcus Hondro     Apr 20, 2013 in World
It's not really a party birthday, birthday number 116, not like, say birthday 12 or 21. It's more a lay back and reflect birthday and that's pretty much what Jiroemon Kimura of Japan, the world's oldest human, did on his 116th.
Mr. Kimura is actually not in great health, but he was still able to enjoy being with family and friends in Kyotango, a city in the Kyoto region of the country. He lives primarily on a diet of rice and pumpkins and sweet potatoes three times each day. He doesn't go out much anymore but on his special birthday he had a visit from the mayor of Kyotango, Yasushi Nakayama
Japanese Prime Minister: half Kimura's age
Born in 1897, he also received a video greeting from someone exactly half his age, born in 1955: "I truly congratulate you on your 116th birthday," Japanese Prime Minister Shenzo Abe said. "I'm 58 years old, still a young man at only half your age. Thanks to your generation's efforts, Japan could overcome several difficult times and achieve the prosperity we enjoy today. Your healthy existence becomes our confidence and pride."
Japan is also home of the world's oldest woman and second oldest human, Misao Okawa, who will be 116 on March 5, 2014. If he lives another 176 days, Mr. Kimura will then have the longest life by a Japanese person since records were kept.
After Kimura, the next 9 longest living people are all female, with 5 from the United States, two from Japan, one from Italy and one from the U.K.. Two U.S. persons in that top ten, Soledad Mexia and Evelyn Kozak, were born one day apart on August 13 and 14, 1899.
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