WORLD : Japanese Woman Has 18th Baby

<i> From Times Wire Services </i>

A 44-year old woman has given birth to her 18th child at a hospital east of Tokyo, and newspapers said today she has set a modern record for the most number of babies born to one woman in Japan.

Hisako Misu gave birth to a boy Friday. He was the 18th child for her and her husband, Kunihiro, a 45-year-old carpenter, said officials at Yachimata General Hospital in Chiba prefecture. The woman’s first child, a son, was born when she was 19.

The couple has 10 sons and eight daughters.