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`Shape up,' Japanese ministry tells nation's teens

Japan's Education Ministry had a message for the country's youths on the national sports day holiday on Friday - "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.In tests conducted on activities such as sprints, distance running, ball-throwing and grip strength, 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.