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Ippudo teams with U.S. startup on ramen vending machines

Yo-Kai Express also receives funding from Japan Tobacco

Ippudo, operated by Japan's Chikaranomoto Holdings, is known for its tonkotsu ramen.

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Chikaranomoto Holdings, the operator of major Japanese ramen shop chain Ippudo, and Japan Tobacco are separately moving to sell ready-to-eat noodles through vending machines at home and abroad by joining with U.S. startup Yo-Kai Express.

Yo-Kai, a developer of vending machines, has received funding from both Japanese companies through a private placement of new shares. The size of the injection and the shareholding ratios have not been disclosed.

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