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JAXA recruits companies to develop space toothpaste, body wipes

Japanese astronaut to test 9 products by Kao, Lion, others while on ISS mission

Supplies that can be used by future space tourists will be tested aboard the International Space Station.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese space agency JAXA will collaborate with nine domestic companies to develop daily necessities such as dental products for use by astronauts and cosmic tourists.

Koichi Wakata, an astronaut with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, blasts off on a mission to the International Space Station as soon as Thursday. He will test a range of goods while in space, including body wipes, socks and clothes.

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