Held at the Takasu Circuit, by University Students
On December 14th, the All-Japan Students Light Automobile Endurance Unification Match (全日本学生軽耐久統一戦) took place at the Takasu Circuit (located in Fukui Prefecture, Fukui City, Nishifutatsuyacho). It was a three and a half hour endurance race using kei cars (also known as “yellow-plate cars”; a light automobile with a maximum displacement of 660 cc). An executive committee was created by students from different universities and had begun planning together. The participants set forth to roll out an exciting race.
Including Niigata University and Ritsumeikan University, four universities outside Fukui Prefecture entered the race as four separate teams. Each team switched between five drivers, competing with each other in a three and a half hour race, making numerous laps around a 1.5 kilometre course.
The drivers used their masterful handling to pull out of corners and immediately accelerate onto a straight trajectory. With speeds reaching 120 kilometres per hour, an intense race unfolded.
The executive committee leader, a fourth-year male Ritsumeikan University student, said, “University students have few opportunities to get together for a race. Next year, I wish for more universities to participate in this event!”
The 2nd Case Within Fukui Prefecture, Low Chance of Propagating
On November 29th, in a car repair shop located in Fukui Prefecture’s Obama City, an invasive alien species of one redback spider (also known as an “Australian black widow”) was discovered. There has been no report of injury. This has been the second sighting of a redback spider since 2014, which happened in Fukui City.
According to the Fukui Prefectural Natural Environmental Department, the current case involves a female redback spider measuring at approximately 1 centimeter in size. On November 26th, a repair shop employee was performing an inspection and maintenance on a car that was used within Osaka Prefecture. Between the car body and its spare tire, one spider and its eggs were found and caught. On the 27th, the Fukui Nature Conversation Center examined and confirmed the species of spider. The car, along with the spider, has only been brought in temporarily, so the possibility of it propagating within the surrounding areas has been considered to be low.
Forty-four prefectures across Japan, including Fukui, has been checked as of February 2017.
The redback spider is native to Australia. The female redback has a red pattern on its back and abdomen, and is venomous. Getting bit will feel like being pricked with a needle, and may cause perspiration and nausea. A serious illness may develop, especially if involving children or the elderly.
According to the Prefectural Natural Environmental Department, the spider is naturally docile, and will not bite along as it or its nest is not handled, especially with bare hands. In the situation where one is found, it is suggested to exterminate the spider using insecticide, which can be bought at any store.