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Paralympics are showcase for cutting-edge assistive devices

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TOKYO -- The Rio de Janeiro Paralympics, which started on Wednesday, are a big event for manufacturers that support the athletes with cutting-edge technology. In Japan, makers of assistive devices are already looking ahead to the next Paralympic Games, to take place in Tokyo in 2020.

Prosthetics maker Nakamura Brace made an artificial arm for Japanese Paralympic swimmer Mei Ichinose, whose right arm ends below her elbow. Ichinose uses the prosthetic arm for training to strengthen her muscles, although swimmers are not allowed to wear artificial limbs during actual competitions at the Paralympics.

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