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Tale of cauldron that won the '64 Olympics and its unlucky sibling

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The Olympic cauldron, made for the 1964 Tokyo Games, captured the attention of the world when it was lit on Oct. 10 of that year.

This cauldron has a "brother" of exactly the same design and dimensions.

They were both forged from the same mold in the same workshop.

But the older brother, born in February 1958, turned out to be a dud.

Recalling that sad day 60 years ago, Akishige Suzuki, an 83-year-old metal work artist in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, explained, "The mold's bolts became dislodged, causing the poured molten iron to ooze out."

The cauldron had been ordered for the 1958 Asian Games. As cast iron products go, this one would........

© The Asahi Shimbun