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is a Japanese
The are an ethnic group originating in the Japanese archipelago and are the predominant ethnic group of Japan. Worldwide, approximately 130 million people are of Japanese descent; of these, approximately 127 million are residents of Japan. People of Japanese ancestry who live in other countries...
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and Olympic champion. He competed at the 1956 Olympic Games
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, where he received a gold medal in the 200 m breaststroke.
Furukawa improved the world record of 200 metres breaststroke
The first world record in the men's 200 metres breaststroke in long course swimming was recognised by the International Swimming Federation in 1908 and the first world record in the women's 200 metres breaststroke was recognised in 1921...
(long course) four times in 1954 and 1955, and his last record lasted until 1958.