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Thursday, 31st May 2012
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Japan government mint 9-year-old's coin

A nine-year-old boy from Japan will be the country's youngest-ever designer of a memorial coin after his idea was chosen to be one of those specially minted by the government.

A series of six coins are being issued to commemorate the post-earthquake reconstruction effort, and Taichi Kojima's artwork was chosen to feature on one of them, the Daily Yomiuri reported.

They will be given to anyone who purchases government bonds that are being sold to fund the rebuilding project in areas ruined by the tsunami and earthquake.

The Odawara municipal Kuno Primary School fourth grade pupil's design was chosen from a total of 2,673 entries and depicts a boy waving Japanese flags, beside which the words "Ganbaro Nippon" (Hang on Japan) are written.

"I drew the design with the belief that we should stay strong together," Kojima told the news provider.

It is 27 years since the government last commissioned public designs for coins and only the third time it has ever done so. Previous celebratory coins were issued for the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 and the Tsukuba Exposition in 1985.

Earlier this year, a Japanese boy was reunited with his football after it floated across the Pacific and was discovered on a North American beach still bearing his name.

Written by Graham McPherson