Japanese man arrested for reportedly caging son for 20 years


"Mr Nonaka's achievement is remarkable - he can teach us all an important lesson about the value of life and how to stretch the limits of human longevity", said Craig Clenday, Guinness World Records' editor-in-chief.

A 73-year old Japanese man has been arrested by the police on suspicion of keeping his son in a wooden cage for over 20 years.

Nonaka replaces Francisco Nuñez Olivera of Spain, who was 113 when he died in January.

Nonaka received the certificate from Guinness World Records in a ceremony at his home in Ashoro, on Japan's northern main island of Hokkaido, and celebrated the recognition with a big cake. Erika Ogawa, VP Japan for Guinness World Records presented the award to Nonaka at his home in Hokkaido on Tuesday.

Masazo Nonaka, who was born on July 25 1905, regularly soaks in the springs at the 105-year-old inn run by his granddaughter.

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Mr Nonaka still moves about by himself in a wheelchair, family members said. Nonaka now enjoys spending time with his family, watching TV-especially sumo wrestling-or reading newspapers.

The man has always been in retirement and spends his time mostly watching TV, reading newspapers and enjoying his favorite candies and cakes. He likes to spend time with his family and their two cats called Kuro and Haru. He married Hatsuno in 1931 and have five children with her. Honaka has outlived his siblings and wife.

Nonaka has seven brothers and one sister, who live nearby in the town.

If he doesn't want something, he'll make sure everyone knows about it, she says. Japan had another record holder with Jiroemon Kimura who died at 116 in 2013.