Kiryu breaks Japan record for 100m sprint

The 21-year-old ace sprinter was competing in an intercollegiate event in Fukui City on Saturday. He finished the race with a time of 9.98 seconds.

It was 0.02 seconds faster than the previous national record of 10.00, set by Koji Ito in 1998.

Yoshihide Kiryu has become the first Japanese to break the 10-second barrier in the men’s 100 meter sprint. (NHK)

Scientists say the disruptions in the Earth’s magnetic field caused by charged particles from the sun have passed their peak. But they are calling for continued caution for few more days as there could be more explosions on the surface of the sun.

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 60-year-old man suspected in a series of thefts of women’s underwear, reports Fuji News Network. (

The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan left Yokosuka naval base on Friday for a surveillance mission amid growing tensions over North Korea. (

strong earthquake has struck Akita Prefecture in northern Japan. Japan’s Meteorological Agency says a quake with an estimated magnitude of 5.2 occurred around 10:23 PM Japan Time on Friday. It says there is no risk of a tsunami. (NHK)

Hakuho on Friday pulled out of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament getting underway Sunday due to pain in his left knee, becoming the third yokozuna to withdraw from the meet after Kisenosato and Kakuryu. (Japan Times)

Walk into any Japanese convenience store, and you’ll find a row of magazine racks, usually just inside the windows that run along the front of the store. (Japan Today)

A large land mass on Pluto has been named after the Japanese asteroid explorer Hayabusa, which brought back the first asteroid sample to Earth, from Itokawa in 2010 after a seven-year voyage. (Jiji)

Japan’s agriculture ministry said Friday it has set an ambitious goal of increasing annual rice exports to 100,000 tons by 2019. (Jiji)

The Japanese government is considering meting out additional punishment to Shoko Chukin Bank as the scale of its fraudulent lending is now believed to be larger than earlier thought, officials said Friday. (Jiji)

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