My friend and I are beginning (~6 months) learners of Japanese, and while we both "know" the kana, we still read very slowly - slowly enough in my case that by the time I finish reading a sentence, I've sometimes forgotten what the beginning said! How do people usually improve their reading speeds for the kana scripts?
Please note that both of us know under 200 kanji, so while theoretically the answer might be "start reading more kanji-ful texts and not relying on furigana so much!", that won't be practical for us for some time, probably years.
(I'm not 100% confident this question is appropriate for Japanese.stackexchange, because it's asking about learning the language, not the language itself. But I couldn't find a StackExchange site dedicated to learning languages specifically, so this seemed like the closest option. If it seems better asked elsewhere, I'll be grateful for comments suggesting a more appropriate place.)