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Japanese Man Gives Up Yacht Trip Around World

Japanese Man Gives Up Yacht Trip Around World

   Kobe, Nov. 22 (Jiji Press)--A 23-year-old Japanese man has abandoned a voyage to become the youngest Japanese to sail nonstop around the world alone in a yacht, the company he works for said Tuesday.
   Hirotsugu Kimura, from Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, returned to a yacht harbor in the western Japan city on Monday.
   He had planned to head south in the Pacific Ocean before traveling eastward. But he was caught in a storm on Nov. 12, soon after his departure, and problems emerged with his yacht's self-steering and power generation systems while he was sailing southeast off Tokyo's Hachijojima island.
   Kimura is expected to try for the record again as soon as autumn next year.

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