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Cash-loving Japanese going digital, even at the shrine

Shift away from bank notes opens up a potential trove of consumer data

People offer prayers at the start of the new business year at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Even in a Japan that has clung to cash for 80% of payments, innovations like electronic money are making headway, changing both consumer habits and work patterns.

A restaurant in Tokyo's Chuo Ward opened in November as an experiment of sorts takes only e-money and credit cards. Customer traffic has been less than brisk, but that is not the point.

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