The oldest person in the world, Japanese Jiroemon Kimura, became the last man alive to have been born in the 19th century. However, there are 21 women worldwide born before 1901’s New Year’s Day who are still living, according to the Gerontolgy Research Group at UCLA.
Most of them live in the United States and Japan, while others are in Europe and Canada.
Kimura took the title last week, after the death of James Emmanuel ‘Doc’ Sisnett, the oldest verified living man in the Western Hemisphere, who spent his life on the island of Barbados.
Kimura retired in 1962 at 65 after working 45 years in the Japanese post office. His family said that he had five kids, 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren, according to the international press.
He attributes his long life to eating small portions of food, as he practices the “hara hachi bu,” which means eat until you are 80 percent full. He does not smoke and only drinks a “modest” amount of alcohol.
Kimura now lives in Kyotango, Kyoto Prefecture, with his eldest son’s widow, 83, and his grandson’s widow, 59. Now he spends most of his time in bed.