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Ito En uses tea leaves to brew up antimicrobial vending machines

Company hopes to snag demand from germophobic beverage sippers

The buttons and bill insertion slot are protected by the natural antimicrobial substance. (Photo courtesy of Ito En)

TOKYO -- Ito En is protecting frequently touched areas of its tea vending machines with an ingredient of the very product they sell, aiming to offer germ-fearing customers a safer alternative to buying beverages face to face.

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