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China taps Japan's gachapon toy machines for digital yuan tests

Capsule dispensers accepting QR codes appear ideal for frequent small payments

The vending machines, which dispense toys, are considered ideal for testing China's digital currency because the devices will accept many small payments using QR codes. 

TOKYO -- China is turning to a playful tool for testing its digital currency, deploying Japanese-style gachapon capsule toy vending machines that accept cashless payments in Beijing at venues linked to the 2022 Olympics.

Such vending machines apparently are a perfect instrument for the tests because small payments are made frequently, according to Delfino, the Shanghai-based company that makes, sells and operates the machines in China. Delfino is a unit of Osaka housing builder Okura.

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