• Kyodo, Staff Report


Tanaka is a fairly common surname in Japan. But to also have the same first name with the exact same kanji characters — Hirokazu Tanaka, 田中宏和 — is pretty rare, even for a Tanaka.

One of the Hirokazu Tanakas, this one 48 years old and living in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, is fascinated by this and has taken to tracking them down and inviting them to events. The latest was held last month in Tokyo.

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