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ANA invests in tech for virtual vacations and doctor visits

Airline spins off avatar venture as it weathers travel slump

Avatars enable users to go on virtual shopping and sightseeing trips. (Photo by Masashi Isawa)

TOKYO -- The parent of Japan's All Nippon Airways has backed a startup launched by its own employees to further develop remotely controlled avatars that can be used in tourism, retail and health care.

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