Japan man, 106, travels round the world on public transport

August 17, 2012 8:48 am


File photo shows pensioners. Shochi started travelling frequently at the age of 99/XINHUA-File
TOKYO, Aug 17 – A 106-year-old Japanese man has become the oldest person to have travelled around the world using public transport, a report said on Friday.

Saburo Shochi has been recognised by Guinness World Records for his feat, which saw him travel through North America, Europe and Africa, the Mainichi daily said.

With dozens of his supporters hailing his return at Fukuoka airport in southwest Japan, the centenarian said with a big smile: “I will live more.”

Shochi, a professor emeritus at Fukuoka University of Education, started travelling frequently at the age of 99, giving lectures on child education and health in foreign countries, the Mainichi said.

Shochi, who celebrated his 106th birthday on Thursday, said: “In my whole life, I have never said ‘I’m tired’.”


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