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Photo Journal: Santa and the stars of 2017

A Santa Claus model is seen with a replica of the giant panda cub Xiang Xiang in Kobe's Chuo Ward, on Nov. 21, 2017, along with those featuring other newsmakers. Every year since 2009, models of Father Christmas have been placed in the city's Kitano Ijinkan area, featuring newsmakers that year. In addition to Xiang Xiang -- the giant panda cub at Tokyo's Ueno zoo -- this year's models include one of Yoshihide Kiryu, the first Japanese person to run the 100 meters in less than 10 seconds. (Mainichi)

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