Hagino earns Japan’s first gold medal with victory in 400-meter individual medley

Hagino’s 4 minute, 6.05 second swim gave him his first Olympic gold after finishing in third in the event four years ago.

Hagino’s time was the third-fastest ever and fastest by a non-American swimmer

Hagino takes home the plaudits, but it was Seto who led after the butterfly leg. Hagino overhauled him in the backstroke, establishing a lead he would never give up.

Kosuke Hagino won Japan’s first gold medal of the 2016 Rio Games on Saturday night, beating fast-finishing American Chase Kalisz and countryman Daiya Seto in the men’s 400-meter individual medley. (Japan Times)

About 1,000 people were taken to hospitals apparently due to heat stroke or heat exhaustion as a heat wave covered Japan on Saturday, according to a Kyodo News tally. (Japan Today)

Saitama Prefectural Police are investigating what is believed to have been a suicide following the discovery of a woman’s corpse on a road in Misato City, reports Nippon News Network (Aug. 6). (Tokyo Reporter)

The Hiroshima municipal government said Saturday that the main developer of “Pokemon Go” has excluded Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park from the smartphone game. (Jiji Press)

The thank you note and display to customers left by the owner inside the door is warming hearts around the Internet. (rocketnews24.com)

Ryohin Keikaku, the operator of the Muji brand, has opened a store in India, becoming the first Japanese retailer to do so. (NHK)

An octopus predicted Friday that Japan will win eight gold medals at the Rio Olympics. (Japan Times)

People throughout Hiroshima are marking 71 years since the US atomic bombing in World War Two. (NHK)

The 2016 Olympic Games are underway in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. Athletes from 205 countries and territories are taking part in the 17-day event, the first Summer Olympics in a South American country.

A rash of thefts around the Haworthia, a popular succulent plant, is taking place in Japan. The plant has been trading at high prices among people who value it recently. (NHK)

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