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Opinion

Reiwa era yen bills -- a speed bump on the road to the cashless future

Japan's big chains lead on digital payment but many shoppers stick to notes and coins

| Japan

It is rather odd of the Japanese government to mark the start of a new Imperial era with the launch of something as old-fashioned as a bank note at a time when it keen to encourage a switch to a cashless society.

After all, Japan is already well behind China and other Asian neighbors in changing out of cash and into electronic payments.

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