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Ritsumeikan University said an 88-year-old visiting researcher who was conferred a doctorate by the university on Saturday was not the oldest person in Japan to have been awarded the degree.

A spokesperson at the Kyoto-based university said Monday that the institution had contacted the education ministry to ask whether Kiyoko Ozeki would be the oldest to receive the honor, but did not get a clear answer. The university conducted its own research via the internet and found no cases of older persons having obtained a doctorate, according to the spokesperson.

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