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A Japanese balloonist has unveiled what he calls one of the world’s largest hot-air balloons ahead of his attempt next month to become the first Japanese to complete a trans-Pacific flight.

Michio Kanda, 53, a world-record holder in flight duration and distance records in several categories of hot-air ballooning, weighed his colorful creation — 36 meters high and 26 meters in diameter — at a riverbed in Tochigi Prefecture over the weekend.

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