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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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Piyohina, an Internet idol and singer of animation songs, poses wearing a head-mount display and an armband sensor for playing "HADO" in Tokyo, Japan, March 18, 2017. In "HADO", players in head-mounted augmented-reality displays and armband sensors dodge waves of light as they fire energy balls at each other in a virtual arena. "When I play HADO, I always simulate in my head the best way to fire an energy ball," Piyohina said. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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