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Japan's grandmother poet dies at 101

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Japanese poet Toyo Shibata, who started writing at the age of 92 and whose first anthology sold almost 1.6 million copies, died Sunday aged 101, her son said. 

People pray for restoration of their homes which were destroyed in the 2011 tsunami as they mark New Year's day on a beach in Fukushima prefecture on January 1, 2013. Japanese poet Toyo Shibata, who started writing aged 92 and whose first anthology sold almost 1.6 million copies, died Sunday aged 101, her son said. She wrote a poem to encourage victims of the March 2011 disaster.

Shibata died at a nursing home near her residence in Utsunomiya north of Tokyo, said her eldest son Kenichi Shibata. She had been in the home periodically since her health worsened last month.

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