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Masazo Nonaka World’s oldest man dies aged 113

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The world’s oldest man has died in his sleep in Japan at the age of 113.

Masazo Nonaka passed away peacefully at his home, a 106-year-old hot spring inn run by his family for four generations in Ashoro, Hokkaido, northern Japan.

“We feel shocked at the loss of this big figure,” his granddaughter Yuko told Japanese media. “He was as usual yesterday and passed away without causing our family any fuss at all.”

Mr Nonaka was born on July 25, 1905, the same year that Albert Enstein published his theory of relativity, and went on to live through countless landmarks in global history, including two world wars.

He was raised in Hokkaido in a large family with six brothers and one sister. He outlived his wife, whom he married in 1931, as well as three of their five children.

The supercentenarian was certified as the world’s oldest living man last April, when he was aged 112 years and 259 days.

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