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2022 Rewind: Japan's post-retirement heroes

Any plans for after retirement? Well, let's rewind to see if there are any hints in these stories about super seniors that are enjoying life more than ever before. The first two are a pair of our most read stories of the year.

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    Toshisuke Kanazawa poses in the Japan bodybuilding championships in Osaka's Yodogawa Ward on Oct. 9, 2020. (Mainichi/Daiki Takikawa)

    <<86-year-old bodybuilder breaks own record as oldest to compete in Japan championships>>

    OSAKA -- An 86-year-old bodybuilder broke his own record as the oldest person to compete in the Japan championships. Full story.

    This image shows an app that displays two calculators on one screen. The calculation result on the calculator on the left can be moved to the one on the right by tapping the arrow key, enabling users to continue computations. (Mainichi)

    <<Unique 2-in-1 calculator app adds up to surprise hit for retired engineer in Japan>>

    TOKYO -- A 63-year-old man in Japan who is an avid iPhone user has dedicated some of his post-retirement years to developing a popular, unique app that displays two calculators on one screen. Full story.

    Mieko Sato holds the "Plastic bottle akeru-kun," which she invented 11 years ago, in Machida, Tokyo, on Nov. 24, 2022. (Mainichi/Shota Harumashi)

    <<89-yr-old Tokyo woman continues to invent, inspired by problems she faces in daily life>>

    TOKYO -- An 89-year-old woman has shown that people don't necessarily need special knowledge or skills to start inventing -- by creating a hit product that now sells tens of thousands of units a year. Full story.

    Hiroshi Kaneko, on a cross-country quest for kendo knowledge, is seen at the Yukuhashi Renshinkan dojo in Yukuhashi, Fukuoka Prefecture, on Nov. 6, 2022. (Mainichi/Masaki Matsumoto)

    <<73-yr-old kendo master drives across Japan on quest for perfection>>

    YUKUHASHI, Fukuoka -- Knocking at the gates of the Yukuhashi Renshinkan dojo in Fukuoka Prefecture, one 73-year-old kendo swordsman continues on a journey to deepen his knowledge of the art of kendo. Full story.

    Azusa Otsuka, the chairperson of a federation of senior citizens' clubs in Isahaya, Nagasaki Prefecture, shows a poster about the scholarship program in the city on July 1, 2022. (Mainichi/Keiichi Sugiyama)

    << Senior citizens' group in Japan offers scholarships to local high school students >>

    ISAHAYA, Nagasaki -- A senior citizens' group in this southwest Japan city has launched a scholarship program for students to enroll in local high schools, and recipients will be required to help the group with events for three years in return. Full story.

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