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YAMAGATA (Kyodo) Public servant Kenichi Sasahara can spit a cherry pit 16.05 meters, good enough to set a record and win a spitting championship in Higashine, Yamagata Prefecture.

About 1,200 participants competed Saturday to show how far they could launch the pit after eating Sato-nishiki, a high-grade cherry grown in Higashine, the nation’s largest cherry growing area.

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