World's oldest man celebrates 114th birthday

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The world's oldest man has celebrated his 114th birthday with a traditional Japanese meal.

Jirouemon Kimura began his new year with a breakfast of grilled fish with steamed rice and red beans, a typical meal on special occasions in Japan.

City official Toru Okubo said Mr Kimura was celebrating at his home in Kyoto, which he shares with the 82-year-old widow of his eldest son and the 58-year-old widow of a grandson.

Mr Okubo said Mr Kimura had seven children, five of whom are still alive. He also has 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

The Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group lists Mr Kimura, born in 1897, as the world's oldest man. The previous title holder was Walter Breuning of Montana, US, who died earlier this month.