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The physical strength and athletic ability of elderly people in Japan continues to improve, while the attributes are falling for women in their 30s and 40s, the Japan Sports Agency said in a survey report Sunday.

Women aged between 65 and 69 obtained a total of 42.36 points on average, the highest level since the survey’s current format started in fiscal 1998. Women aged between 70 and 74 marked record highs in three tests — grip strength, standing on one leg with eyes open, and walking for six minutes.

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