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Monday, 4 February, 2002, 14:00 GMT
Japan has oldest man in the world
112-year-old Yukichi Chuganji
Yukichi Chuganji: I could live a few more years
A 112-year-old retired Japanese silkworm breeder has inherited the title of the world's oldest man.


He hates vegetables but loves to eat meat and drink milk

Daughter, Kyoko
Born in 1889, Yukichi Chuganji, lives in Fukuoka Prefecture in western Japan and was still working until two years ago.

He was told the news of his record by Guinness, publishers of the annual book of records.

Mr Chuganji attributes his longevity to healthy eating and being an optimist.

His daughter, 72-year-old Kyoko said: "He hates vegetables but loves to eat meat and drink milk."

She said his favourite meal is boiled rice mixed with bits of chicken meat.

The previous title holder, a 112-year-old Italian man, died in Sardinia in January.

Guinness lists the world's oldest woman as 115-year-old Maude Farris-Luse, who was born on 21 January 1887 in Morley, Michigan.

See also:

05 Jan 02 | Europe
World's 'oldest man' dies
14 Jan 02 | Americas
Hemingway's 'Old Man' dies in Cuba
19 Apr 00 | UK
Britain's 'oldest man' dies
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