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Photo by: Junji Kurokawa

FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2009 file photo, an elderly woman walks by a shrine in Tokyo after she made her last prayer for the year. Japan prides itself on the world's longest life expectancy but is struggling with a disturbing footnote to that statistic _ revelations that hundreds of people listed as its oldest citizens are either long dead or haven't been heard from for decades. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa, File)

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