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Amina, Japan’s first African-American idol, searches for stardom【Video】

Cute as a button, this girl’s winning fans all over the world.

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7-Eleven that survived Fukuoka road collapse becomes mecca for Japanese students

This “unsinkable convenience store” has become a source of inspiration for exam-takers all over and business couldn’t be better as a result.

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This may look like an ordinary sweater, until you learn that it was knit by a totally blind woman

Could you knit a sweater this well? How about without your sight?

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Wheelchair design is like riding a bike, can be pedaled by those unable to walk

With a little re-branding and a helping “leg” from technology, this wheelchair is ready for the 21st century.

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Heartwarming video tells the story of a blind man and his armless friend who planted a forest

These two men in China show us that no obstacle is a match for the bond of friendship.

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Japanese company raises awareness of child organ transplants by giving old toys donated limbs

And you can be a part of it too by donating your own plushies.

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If you were ever an athlete growing up, this video is going to bring you a swelling of emotions

Athletes who compete in amateur sports have one of the most difficult tasks. To compete on the world level, these athletes have to train their butts off and since they aren’t paid to compete, have to hold down a job as well. What they are able to accomplish when facing severely stacked odds is pretty spectacular.

With the conclusion of the 2014 Asia Games, Japan has once again had the chance to cheer on their storied athletes. It’s important to see these sportsmen in high level competitions because they inspire an entire generation of young athletes to continue to do what they love. A commercial airing during the television broadcasts for the Asia Games is also showing the incredible hearts of these great athletes. Find out who is giving back and what their special message is after the jump.

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