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Seven-Eleven tests vending machines to fill night-shift labor void

About 170 items will be offered from midnight to 6 a.m.

Seven-Eleven vending machines can serve 170 products, from sandwiches to coffee.

TOKYO -- Seven-Eleven Japan will convert one of its convenience stores into a self-serve automat during late-night hours in a trial run designed to resolve a severe labor crunch.

The pilot program will take place at a redesigned outlet in Tokyo's Nerima ward starting Thursday. If the test goes well, the same format could be expanded throughout the country.

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