Japan's youth told to shape up and get fit

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The Independent Online
Japan's Education Ministry had a message for the country's youth on the national sports day holiday - "shape up and get fit, you're falling behind".

According to a ministry survey, today's teenagers are less fit and athletic than their predecessors of a decade ago. The ministry said today's teens scored lower in physical fitness and athletic ability than those who took the test in 1986. The biggest decline was among 18-year-old boys and girls.

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