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May 16, 2017

A new generation of Japanese inventors is drawing on the country's rich history of comics and video game culture to create sports with a 21st-century twist - helping players feel "superhuman" through technology or other special equipment.

Japan’s ‘superhuman’ athletes
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Ryoichi Ando (R), 27, a virtual-reality researcher and an inventor of "Bubble Jumper", competes with his opponent as they demonstrate the sport in Tokyo, Japan, April 13, 2017. Ando said he felt as if he were wearing the kind of augmented body suit found in science-fiction movies that boosts the wearer's strength. In "Bubble Jumper", players walking on stilts and wearing inflatable bubble protectors crash into each other like sumo wrestlers. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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