From Reuters, June 25:

Man, 80, killed after round-Japan bike tour
An 80-year-old man on the verge of completing a round-Japan cycling tour was struck and killed by a truck only a few hours ride from his home, police say.

Kamesaburo Harano, a resident of the central prefecture of Nagano, set off in April 2006 to circle his homeland, and had just arrived back in Nagano.

One internet cycling page carries a photo of a fit, smiling Harano taken last October, standing by a bicycle laden with panniers on the picturesque southern island of Yakushima.

Police said he was struck and killed while cycling in a tunnel.

“Probably he would have made it home in a couple of hours, certainly within the day,” a police spokesman in Nagano said.

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