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Japanese yachtsman, 71, finishes solo nonstop around-world trip.

YOKOSUKA, Japan, June 6 Kyodo

A 71-year-old Japanese yachtsman became the oldest man to complete a solo nonstop voyage around the world when he arrived Monday in Miura, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Minoru Saito's yacht, ''Shutendoji II,'' returned to Aburatsubo Seabornia Marina, where he set off on his circumnavigation of the globe on Oct. 16 last year.

Saito, a resident of Tokyo's Taito Ward, sailed eastward via Cape Horn in Chile, the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa and Tasmania in Australia. He then sailed north for Japan to complete a voyage of some 50,000 kilometers.

For some of the time he had to survive on fish he caught when generator trouble caused his refrigerator to break down.

Another Japanese yachtsman, Kenichi Horie, 66, who sailed from Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, on Oct. 1 last year, is expected to return home Tuesday at the end of a solo nonstop round-the-world voyage in his yacht ''Suntory Mermaid.''
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