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Resource-poor Japan unearths metal riches in its trash

Nation's discarded electronics seen to contain more gold than South African deposits

Abandoned smartphones contain precious metals that can be reused. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

TOKYO -- As mines around the world slow output in response to the coronavirus pandemic, threatening tighter supplies of precious metals, one resource-poor country is ready to step into the void: Japan.

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