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Vending machines spreading fast in China

Payment by smartphone is growth driver, eliminating malfunctions, theft

A woman uses her smartphone to pay for an item at a vending machine in Shenzhen, China.

TOKYO -- Vending machines are becoming ever more accessible to people in China thanks to a growing number of newly installed units accepting payment by smartphone.

New technologies are allowing China to overcome problems that had kept vending machines from spreading, such as malfunctions with bank notes and theft.

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