Jiroemon Morizo Kimura (b. March 19, 1897 – d. June 12, 2013) was at the time of his death, the oldest verified living person in the world, the oldest man ever, the only man to ever reach the age of 116, and the second oldest Japanese person ever. Since the death of Dina Manfredini, Jiroemon Kimura was the oldest verified living person in the world. Kimura has 7 children (5 surviving), 15 grandchildren (12 surviving), 25 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
Kimura was born Kinjiro Miyake on April 19, 1897 in the fishing village of Kamiukawa, the third of six children born to farmers Morizo and Fusa Miyake. After he retired from working at the post office, he turned to farming until the age of 90. He wakes up early in the morning and reads newspapers with a magnifying glass. He also enjoys talking to guests According to him, small portions of food are the key to a long and healthy life. On his 114th birthday on 19 April 2011, Kimura mentioned his survival of the 7.6 magnitude1927 Kita Tango earthquake that hit Kyoto and killed over 3,000 people. Being born in the year 30 of the Meiji period, he lived in the reigns of 4 emperors, and during the premierships of 61 Japanese Prime Ministers, from Matsukata Masayoshi to Shinzo Abe.
In October 2012, Kimura was presented with a certificate from Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday. The reason for the visitation was Kimura's appearance in the new Guinness World Records book 2013. This was the second year in a row Kimura was recognized as the Oldest living man in the world, as he also appeared in the 2012 edition of the book.
On his 116th birthday, Kimura received many well wishes, including a video message from Shinzō Abe, Japan's prime minister.