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Departed this life on the planet's oldest man

June 19 2009

Died 113-year-old Tomoji Tanabe Japanese, who for the last two years is considered the oldest man on the planet. Survivor died of heart failure.

Tanabe, until very recently was keenly interested in the news, read newspapers, kept a diary. The secret of his longevity, he believed a complete rejection of alcohol. Shortly before his death, fewer men to go out, but otherwise hardly needed any help. He is survived by his eight children, 25 grandchildren and 53 great-grandchildren.

Three years ago, Tomoji Tanabe name was entered in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest Japanese, and in 2007 he was regarded as the oldest man of the world.

According to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan, last year - the first time in 35 years of such statistics - the number of Japanese who celebrated the one hundredth birthday, has exceeded 36 thousand people. The vast majority of centenarians - 86 percent - are women. People over 75 years account for 10 percent of the population and each year this figure increases.

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