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Japan goes back to plastic use as COVID fuels food deliveries

Demand and production rebound after recent push for eco-friendly alternatives

TOKYO -- Until the onset of COVID-19, Japan, long a bastion of plastic use, had just begun contributing to the global movement to shift away from the ubiquitous material. National output of plastic last year declined 4% to 5.5 million tons, following a downtrend in recent years as businesses and consumers in the country sought more environmentally friendly alternatives. 

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