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Hatlike helmets for bicyclists designed by Nippon Parade, a producer of orchestra uniforms, and a job-placement group for senior citizens have been generating interest from both old and young riders alike since their release in October, according to the company.

The Tokyo Foundation for Employment Services said the elderly tend to shun typical bike helmets on the market that are designed for competitive riders, saying they want to wear helmets for safety but find it hard or embarrassing to do so.

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