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Japan is now claiming Albert Einstein as their own after a theory of happy living note written by Einstein in Tokyo in 1922 has emerged.

The hand-written note sold at auction this week for US$1.5 million.

“A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness,” it reads.

The Nobel Prize-winning German-born physicist gave the note to a courier in a Tokyo hotel instead of a tip, telling the messenger if he was lucky the note would become valuable one day.

Japan is now claiming the world-renowned genius must be Japanese given his close ties to the country.

“Sure, Einstein was a bit up himself, which goes against Japanese culture, but he is still our Einstein,” announced government spokesperson Yuji Suzuki.

Japan has already devised a kanji for Einstein’s name.

“We’ve now bestowed Ainshutain-san with his own kanji: 愛因斯坦.”

Japan will be submitting Albert Einstein to UNESCO next month to claim him as a world heritage site.

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