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120,000-year-old stone tools found in Japan

The oldest stone tools ever found in Japan have been discovered in Shimane prefecture in Western Japan.

The tools, which had been sharpened like knives, date from the Middle Palaeolithic period, according to Kazuto Matsufuji, a professor at Kyoto’s Doshisha University, the newspaper said. The oldest stone tools previously found in Japan were less than 100,000 years old, the Yomiuri said.

In 2000, archeologist Shinichi Fujimura claimed he had found artifacts as old as 700,000 years old in the northern prefecture of Miyagi. He later confessed he fabricated the discovery.

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