Jiroemon Kimura

World’s oldest man, Jiroemon Kimura, passes away at 116

On 12 July at 2:08 am, in a hospital in Kyotango, Kyoto, Jiroemon Kimura passed away due to natural causes. Since his birth on 19 April, 1897, Mr. Kimura had gone on to live the longest life of any male in the world: 116 years and 54 days. During his life he bore witness to the evolution of modern Japanese society, falling under the reign of four emperors and all but one of Japan’s Prime Ministers.

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From horseless carriages to iPhone5S, the world during 116-year-old Jiroemon Kimura’s lifetime

Time is a tricky thing. It has a way of slipping by when you least notice it. I remember thinking things like 8-tracks were ancient only to find that a whole new generation is on the horizon who’ll think that way about compact discs.

And yet I can only imagine how Jiroemon Kimura feels. At age 116, being the oldest person alive, the oldest man ever and the last living person who was around in the 19th century, you could probably say he’s seen it all.

In fact, let’s take a quick look at a few things Mr. Kimura has lived through to get a  better appreciation of what it’s like being 116.

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