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Multilingual drink machines speak your language

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Getting the right drink from one of Japan's ubiquitous vending machines can be something of an ordeal for tourists.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japanese company Pokka Sapporo Food & Beverage has launched a smartphone app aimed at making the lottery of using drink machines a little less daunting.

"Tourists are surprised to see so many vending machines in Japan," said Kyoko Enomoto, a marketing manager at Pokka Sapporo.

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