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Japan's oldest professional footballer scores aged 48

Kazuyoshi Miura is not a young man. Credit: PA

Kazuyoshi Miura extended his record as the oldest goalscorer in Japan by netting at the age of 48.

The former Japan international netted at header in Yokohama FC’s 3-2 loss to Jay Bothroyd's Jubilo Iwata

It was Miura's first goal in over a year and he rightly celebrated with his infamous 'Kazu dance'.

“I managed to get a good jump on the ball,” he said after the match. “It was a good header.”


World's oldest person dies aged 117

Misao Okawa, a Japanese woman who was credited to be the world's oldest person, has died at the age of 117.

She celebrated her 117th birthday just weeks ago, on 5th March. Japanese media said she died of old age in a nursing home in the western Japanese city of Osaka.

Misao Okawa celebrated her 117th birthday on March 5th. Credit: Reuters

Okawa was officially recognised by the Guinness World Records as the oldest person alive two years ago when Jiroemon Kimura, also from Japan, died in June 2013 at age 116 years, 54 days.

The title of the oldest person now goes to Gertrude Weave of the United States who will turn 117 on 4th July this year, Japanese media reported.

Born the daughter of a fabric merchant in Osaka in 1898, on the same day as Chinese revolutionary leader Zhou Enlai, Okawa married in 1919 and had three children, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Japanese citizen among those killed in Tunis attack

Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said one Japanese citizen was killed and three others were injured in the attack on Tunisia's national museum.

People surround an ambulance by Tunisia's national museum. Credit: REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi

"We cannot forgive this despicable act of terrorism for whatever the reasons. We strongly condemn it," Kishida told journalists.

Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid said earlier that five Japanese citizens were among the 17 tourists killed when gunmen wearing military uniforms stormed the museum in Tunis yesterday.

'Animal cruelty' unseen by William during China visit

This footage may embarass Prince William, who was in China to fight against the illegal wildlife trade and protect elephants.

But in the same animal sanctuary he visited, but unseen by him, one area is said to house elephants which are made to perform for visitors' amusement.

There are allegations of mistreatment in the training process, in which the animals are made to spin and play football.

ITV News' Royal Editor Tim Ewart reports:


Prince meets young footballers as China tour continues

The Duke of Cambridge today met youngsters at a school in Shanghai where premier league football coaches are working to promote the game among the students.

The Prince was shown around by Paul Hughes, a former coach at Reading, Millwall and Southampton football clubs, who is helping to coach the students under a British Council-run scheme called Premier Skills.

He went on to visit a Shanghai festival showcasing British design, ingenuity and technology before rounding off his day by meeting Paddington Bear at the Chinese premiere of the movie.

ITV News' China Correspondent Lucy Watson reports:

Kid high-fives Prince William as Royal joins in football practice

Prince William was on the receiving end of a double high-five today as one excited child came dashing across a football pitch to greet him during a Royal tour of a football training camp in China today.

The prince who was visiting a training camp in Shanghai, where schoolchildren learn football skills from coaches trained by England's Premier League, even stopped to kick a ball with the youngster following his enthusiastic greeting.

Teenage bully victim stripped and stabbed to death

A 13-year-old boy was found dead on a river bank in Japan, having been stripped and stabbed repeatedly in the neck after weeks of bullying by an older gang.

Ryota Uemura was reportedly being bullied by the older boys Credit: Reuters

Three teenagers, one aged 18 and two 17, have been arrested over the brutal killing of Ryota Uemura, who was found dead on February 20.

Friends of Uemurs told local media that he had fallen out with the older boys in January, and had been picked on since.

A makeshift shrine has been set up in Uemura's honour Credit: Reuters

A makeshift shrine has been set up on the bank of the Tama River in Kawasaki, where Uemura's body was found, with flowers and basketballs left in his honour.

According to The Japan Times, the two 17-year-old suspects have laid blame for the killing at the feet of the older boy, who has reportedly now admitted guilt.

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