Alaskans find Japanese teen's soccerball washed in after tsunami

RETRIEVING a lost soccerball is standard fare for many teenagers, but one Japanese schoolboy is getting his ball back all the way from Alaska, where it drifted following last year's tsunami.

Misaki Murakami, 16, lost his house and all its contents when the massive waves of last March crushed his hometown of Rikuzentakata in Japan's northeast.

But now, thanks to an observant beachcomber in the Gulf of Alaska, he is set to have his football returned to him, identified by the "good luck" messages scrawled on it by former schoolmates.

"I'm very grateful as I've so far found nothing that I'd owned," the youngster told broadcaster TBS.

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said the observant beachcomber, identified as 51-year-old David Baxter, had spotted the ball on a beach on Middleton Island.

"A school name is stenciled on the soccer ball, and his (Japanese) wife was able to translate the writing to trace it to a school," the agency said.


"This may be one of the first opportunities since the March 2011 tsunami that a remnant washed away from Japan has been identified and could actually be returned to its previous owner," NOAA added.

Earlier this year the US coastguard scuttled a 65-metre (210-foot) fishing boat that had slipped its moorings in the tsunami and was spotted floating off the North American coast.



AP. "Alaskans find Japanese teen's soccerball washed in after tsunami". The Australian. 23 April 2012. Web. 

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Missing parakeet told police where he lived

It seems all too simple, a parakeet goes missing, but is reunited with its owner after telling police where he lives.

Piko, the 2-year-old parakeet, was found Sunday at a hotel in Japan. After spending two days at a police station, Piko started repeating his address to authorities.

Police tracked down the woman that lived there, and sure enough, she was Piko's owner. The two were reunited yesterday.

The owner says she taught her bird to repeat her address and phone number after losing a parakeet five years ago.



Bennett, Kirsten. "Missing parakeet told police where he lived". 3 May 2012. Web. 

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Jiroemon Kimura: World’s Oldest Man Turns 115

Jiroemon Kimura, the world's oldest living man, celebrated his 115th birthday on Thursday and shared his secret to a long life.

"I'm delighted beyond words," Kimura told The Telegraph.

Kimura, who lives in Kyoto, Japan, isn't just the world's oldest living man, but the third oldest man ever in history and one of 70 verified supercentenarians -- someone 110-years-old or older -- alive today. However, he is not the oldest living person; Besse Cooper of Georgia is one year older than Kimura, born on August 26, 1896.

Kimura has seven child, five of which are still alive, 14 grandchildren. 25 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren. He worked at a post office for 38 years before becoming a farmer. He retired when he was 90-years-old and currently lives with the 82-year-old widow of his eldest son.

In honor of his birthday, Kimura divulged some of his secrets to a long life, which he says is attributed to eating small portions with meals three times a day of red bean cake and rice. For his last birthday, he dined on grilled fish, steamed rice and red beans, a Japanese tradition on special occasions.

 "I don't know exactly...maybe it's all thanks to the sun above me," a modest Kimura told The Telegraph. "I am always looking up towards the sky, that is how I am."



"Jiroemon Kimura: World’s Oldest Man Turns 115, His Diet Secret To A Long Life". IB Times. 20 April 2012. Web.  

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