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Kinjiro Ninomiya at Yaesu Book Center
Tokyo

Kinjiro NinomiyaA gilded statue at Yaesu Book Center's entrance. He was famous for his austerity and frugality life.

Hosted by Hiroshi Yamamoto and Nozomi Omori, a talk show will be held at 6:30 p.m.  At the same time, There will be Dr. Nakamatsu's autograph session (The board befind Kinjiro tells so.)

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