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Japan's baby crying contest

Japan's baby crying contest
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Is it child cruelty or the sign of a healthy bouncing baby?

Whatever your take, Japan’s 400 year old sumo crying contest is not about muscle.

Considered beneficial for the toddlers, those who produce the quickest and biggest wail are believed to be in the best of health.

‘‘I was very keen for my son to take part, I hope he’ll grow up healthy,’‘ one mother said.

Held across Japan, in all, some 70 babies fought it out at this contest in the northern city of Aomori.
But not everyone cries, the real toughies simply smile or just take a nap during the bouts.