Jiroemon Kimura, who was born on April 19, 1897 when Queen Victoria was still on the throne and worked as a postal employee, is "particularly fond of red bean cake and rice". Mr Kimura has 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren. He currently lives with his son's family in Kyotango, near Kyoto. The previous holder of the title of the world's oldest man ever was held by Christian Mortensen, a Danish-American, who lived to 115 years 252 days and died in 1998. Yasushi Nakayama, the mayor of Kyotango, confirmed Mr Kimura's status as the world's current oldest person last week, calling him "the pride of our town". Last October, Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday travelled to his hometown to hand deliver a copy of the Guinness World Records 2013. Jiroemon is laughing because he has outlived the Stern vacation curse. He has promised to live until at least next Wed to make a mockery of the curse.