Toys on Sports, Education Featured at Tokyo Show

Economy

Tokyo, June 13 (Jiji Press)--New sports- and education-related toys are featured at the International Tokyo Toy Show, which opened on Thursday.

The toys come ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the full-fledged introduction of new teaching guidelines at elementary schools in Japan in fiscal 2020, when English is set to be adopted as an official subject for fifth- and sixth-graders.

Epoch Co. unveiled a "bouldering race" game, in which players use levers to control a plastic figure as it climbs up a wall. Bouldering will make its debut in the Tokyo Olympics as one of the three disciplines of the "sport climbing" category.

"The level of attention (toward bouldering) is high because of the recent successes of Japanese athletes," a public relations official of the company said. "I want people of all ages to enjoy the game."

Sega Toys Co. displayed "Wonderful Channel," in which children can learn English through rhythm games. To play the game, users mount a canine-shaped camera on a television set, which will capture and display a video of the player as he or she plays it.

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