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Fire swept the three-year-old Shojuen retirement home in suburban Tokyo, killing at least 17 people and injuring 28 before it was brought under control after two hours, authorities said. The blaze erupted near a linen closet on the second floor of the three-story concrete building and quickly spread. Many of the 74 residents were bedridden and asleep at the time. Authorities said they were investigating the cause of the fire, the worst in Japan since one in 1983 that killed 27 people and injured 33 at Tokyo's New Japan hotel.

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