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Japan’s space agency and Asics Corp. will jointly produce shoes to help prevent the loss of muscle strength in astronauts living in the weightlessness of space.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Asics and Japan Manned Space Systems Corp., a Tokyo company involved in JAXA projects, will develop a prototype of the shoes by next March. The footwear will be designed to provide physical exercise for astronauts aboard the International Space Station, they said.

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