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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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Isao Uebayashi, 38, a sports science researcher and an inventor of "Slide Lift" sport, demonstrates with a motor-assisted wheelchair in Tokyo, Japan, April 9, 2017. Equipped with special wheels, the motor-assisted wheelchair can be moved by "Slide Lift" racers in any direction, including in racing car-like drifts."Technology can improve and supplement human ability," said KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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