The world's oldest man, a Japanese, dies at age 112

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TOKYO (AP) -- The world's oldest man, a Japanese who died at the age of 112, said his secret to a long life was not to smoke, drink or overdo it.

Yasutaro Koide, born on March 13, 1903, died two months short of his 113th birthday.

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Koide (pronounced "Koy-deh") worked as a tailor when he was younger. He was recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest man in August.

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Yasutaro Koide, 112, receives the Guinness World Records certificate as he is formally recognized as the world's oldest man at a nursing home in Nagoya, central Japan, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. Koide was born on March 13, 1903 and worked as a tailor when he was younger. He became the worldâs oldest man with the death of Sakari Momoi of Tokyo in July at age 112. At left is his grandchild Aya Kikuchi, 49. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
The world's oldest man, 112-year-old Yasutaro Koide (R), receives a framed certificate from the Guinness World Records as the world's oldest man, in Nagoya, Aichi prefecture in central Japan on August 21, 2015. Koide became the worlds oldest man after Japan's Sakari Momoi, also 112 but one month older, died in July this year. JAPAN OUT AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2015 file photo, Yasutaro Koide smiles upon being formally recognized as the world's oldest man by the Guinness World Records at a nursing home in Nagoya, central Japan. The world's oldest man has died at the age of 112, two months short of his 113th birthday. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said he died early Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)
Yasutaro Koide, left, the 112-year-old Japanese, is helped by his grandchild Aya Kikuchi, 49, as he prepares to receive the Guinness World Records certificate as the world's oldest man at a nursing home in Nagoya, central Japan, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. Koide was born on March 13, 1903 and worked as a tailor when he was younger. He became the worldâs oldest man with the death of Sakari Momoi of Tokyo in July at age 112. Japanese sign reads: "World's oldest man certified by the Guinness." (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Yasutaro Koide, 112, holds the Guinness World Records certificate as he is formally recognized as the world's oldest man at a nursing home in Nagoya, central Japan, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. Koide was born on March 13, 1903 and worked as a tailor when he was younger. He became the worldâs oldest man with the death of Sakari Momoi of Tokyo in July at age 112. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Yasutaro Koide, the 112-year-old living in the central Japanese city of Nagoya, smiles upon being formally recognized as the world's oldest man by the Guinness World Records at a nursing home in Nagoya Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. Koide was born on March 13, 1903 and worked as a tailor when he was younger. He became the worlds oldest man with the death of Sakari Momoi of Tokyo in July at age 112. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Yasutaro Koide, seated center, 112, holding the Guinness World Records certificate, poses for a group photo after he is formally recognized as the world's oldest man at a nursing home in Nagoya, central Japan, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. Koide was born on March 13, 1903 and worked as a tailor when he was younger. He became the worlds oldest man with the death of Sakari Momoi of Tokyo in July at age 112. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
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The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said he died early Tuesday at a hospital in Nagoya, central Japan, where he had been treated for chronic heart problems.

In Japan, 111-year-old Tokyo native Masamitsu Yoshida, born on May 30, 1904, succeeds Koide as the oldest man. It was not immediately known whether Yoshida is also the world's oldest male.

Japan, a rapidly aging country, has more than 61,000 centenarians, according to the nation's family registration records. Nearly 90 percent are women.

The world's oldest person is an American woman, 116-year-old Susannah Mushatt Jones of Brooklyn, New York.

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