Sport: New Record

"Since the war," complained a 22-year-old Tokyo girl, "we Japanese have been feeling no passion in our lives." Last week, the citizens of Tokyo felt a sort of patriotic passion for Konoshin Furuhashi, 19, a muscular, close-cropped literature student at Nippon University. In the all-Japan swimming championships at Meiji Shrine pool, Furuhashi thrashed out the 400-meter free style in 4:38.4, three-tenths of a second better than the world record set in 1934 by the U.S.'s Jack Medica. Supreme Command Allied Powers officials thought that Furuhashi's mark would be internationally recognized, making him the first postwar Japanese athlete to attract overseas...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!