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A group of 178 men all [sharing / shared] the name Tanaka Hirokazu convened in Tokyo on Saturday to [break / broken] the Guinness World Record for the largest [garnishing / gathering] of people with the same first and last name. The successful [recorded / record] attempt was organized by the Tanaka Hirokazu association. This group was [established / establishment] by a guy called Tanaka Hirokazu (surprise, surprise) in 1994. Mr Tanaka's inspiration came from [seeing / seeking] a namesake of his [drafted / drifted] into a professional Japanese baseball team. Ex-baseball player Tanaka Hirokazu was [alas / also] part of Saturday's record meeting. The 178 new record holders span [them / the] generations, with the youngest being three years old, and the eldest being [an / the] octogenarian.

Association leader Tanaka Hirokazu, 53, was [elected / elated] at breaking the world record. His association had tried twice before, in 2011 and 2017, to break the record. These attempts were thwarted [largely / hugely] because of the association's insistence [on / in] all participants having to have the same Chinese characters (kanji) [in / on] their name. Saturday's meeting had a more lenient [creation / criterion] . The association [deemed / doomed] that anyone with the name Hirokazu Tanaka was [eligible / eligibility] , regardless of the kanji used to spell their name. Mr Tanaka reflected [in / on] his world-beating achievement. He told reporters: "I never expected we would achieve [so / such] a ridiculous record." He added that the 178 Tanakas had "set an example of [silliness / silly] ".

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