The world's oldest man, Yasutaro Koide, has died in central Japan at the age of 112, according to a local official.

Mr Koide died in hospital in the central Japanese city of Nagoya, where he had lived for many years.

The super-centenarian, recognised as the world's oldest male last year, died of heart failure and pneumonia, the official added.

Mr Koide, a former tailor who was born on 13 March 1903 in Fukui prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, received a certificate from Guinness World Records confirming the achievement after another Japanese man who was just a month older died last July.

Asked about the key to longevity, Mr Koide had reportedly said: "The best thing to do is avoid overwork and live with joy."

Japan is known for the longevity of its people and around a quarter of its population of 127 million is aged 65 or older.

It was not immediately clear who would succeed Mr Koide as the world's oldest male.

Currently, the world's oldest person is US woman Susannah Mushatt Jones who is 116 and was born on 6 July 1899, according to the Guinness World Records website.