Japan Holds Record for Largest Ukulele Ensemble

A new world record for the largest ukulele ensemble has been set in Japan.

More than 2,000 strummers gathered in Yokohama, Japans second-largest city, to trump the previous record set in Sweden.

The group were watched by Guinness World Records officials, the AFP news agency said, and played a song written by a Hawaii-born ex sumo wrestler.

They set the record during Japans Ukulele Picnic Week.

The diminutive guitar-shaped instrument originated from Hawaii, where it is also synonymous with hula dancing.

The previous record was set in August last year by 1,547 uke-wielding Swedes in Helsingborg.

World Record Reached and Broken by Japanese Deep-Sea Drilling Operation

A Japanese deep-sea drilling probe has set a new world record for depth, reaching 7,740 meters 25,400 feet below the sea surface, the research institute that launched it says.

The Chikyu, operated by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, was digging the seabed off Japan’s northern coast to take fault samples and study last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

The agency said Friday that the probe’s drilling pipe hit the fault zone at 6,883.5 meters 22,600 feet undersea before reaching the target of 7,740 meters Wednesday. That’s nearly 8 kilometers – 5 miles deep.

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An electric car in Japan has set a new world record

Mira EV

The customized Mira EV travelled at speeds of around 40kph as it drove non-stop around a car racing course in Shimotsuma in Ibaraki Prefecture.

The red and white vehicle, fitted with a special lithium ion battery created by the Japanese company Sanyo, ran for 27.5 hours covering a distance of 1,003km without being recharged.

A total of 17 different people took turns at the wheel of the electric car as it circled repeatedly around the racecourse during the experiment.

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