World's Oldest Man 115 (VIDEO)

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By Brittney R. Villalva , Christian Post Reporter
April 20, 2012|4:24 pm

The World's oldest living man has just celebrated his 115th Birthday.

Jiroemon Kimura celebrated the landmark birthday on Thursday in Kyoto, Japan. The Gerontology Research Group has confirmed that Kimura is the third oldest living man in recorded history, and currently the oldest living man in the world.

Kimura was born in Japan on April 19 in 1897 and was grateful to have all of the extra company, media included, around to celebrate his birthday.

"I'm delighted beyond words," Kimura said.

When asked about how he has lived his live, Kimura suggested that he has always had an upward outlook and thanked God for his long and fulfilling life.

"It is all thanks to the grace of god. I have nothing but gratitude for the life I've been given," Kimura said. "I am always looking up towards the sky, that is how I am."

Kimura has 14 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 13 great great grandchildren, the youngest being an 11-month-old great great grandson, according to the Telegraph.

In Japan's very crowded population, he is just one of 10 Japanese people who have also made the list for the world's oldest living people.

Besse Cooper is currently the oldest living woman in the world. She was born in Sullivan County, Tennessee on August 26, 1896 and will soon be 116. She now lives in Monroe, Georgia and is a retired teacher.

Jeanne Calment appears to hold the record for the oldest person that ever lived. She died in August of 1997, at the age of 122 years-old.

 

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