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Gutsy Radish brutally decapitated

From Reuters:

The “daikon” radish, shaped like a giant carrot, first made the news months ago when it was noticed poking up through asphalt along a roadside in the town of Aioi, population 33,289.

This week local residents, who had nicknamed the vegetable “Gutsy Radish,” were shocked — and in some cases moved to tears — when they found it had been decapitated.

TV talk shows seized on the attempted murder of the popular vegetable and a day later, the top half of the radish was found near the site where it had been growing.

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Asked why the radish — more often found on Japanese dinner tables as a garnish, pickle or in “oden” stew — had so many fans, town spokesman Jiro Matsuo said: “People discouraged by tough times were cheered by its tenacity and strong will to live.”