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Japan's convenience stores step up efforts to cut food waste

Likes of Lawson, Seven-Eleven Japan use leftover or nonstandard ingredients

On June 6, Lawson started selling sushi rolls that use surplus ingredients. (Photo courtesy of Lawson)

TOKYO -- Major convenience store operators in Japan are stepping up efforts to develop products that reduce food waste.

Beginning on Tuesday, Lawson started to introduce such products, including sushi rolls that use surplus ingredients, in phases. Seven-Eleven Japan will sell smoothies that use discarded vegetables and fruits.

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