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Japan's Seven-Eleven to start discounting unsold food

Measure aimed at reducing garbage costs and waste at convenience stores

Meals like these prepared lunches may soon be discounted when nearing sell-by dates as Seven-Eleven and other convenience store chains try to cut costs and reduce food waste.

TOKYO -- Japan's Seven-Eleven convenience stores will start discounting unsold food in an effort to reduce waste and decrease costs associated with discarding leftover food.

This fall, about 20,000 Seven-Eleven stores will offer discounts on hundreds of items that have only four to five hours left before their sell-by date, including lunchboxes, rice balls and noodles.

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