9 choke to death on traditional New Year rice cakes

January 5, 2015 3:20 PM

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9 choke to death on traditional New Year rice cakes

In this Dec. 13, 2014, photo, a boy eats a freshly pounded rice cake, or "mochi," wrapped in a sheet of seasoned laver, or "nori." (AP Photo/Tetsuya Saruta)

It's both a New Year tradition and New Year killer: The Japanese eat an average of about 2 pounds of chewy rice cakes called mochi each year, most during the first week in January.

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