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Japan has had a tumultuous, and at times controversial relationship with Mount Everest. Its history features the first woman summiteer, a heated race to claim the crown of oldest person to the top, a disastrous early expedition — and one of the mountain’s most infamous casualties.

1963: The first Japanese group gets a climbing permit for Everest, but is thwarted when Nepal closes the Himalayas to mountaineers. The ban is lifted in 1969 and preparations begin anew.

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