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Japan battles food waste in production with AI and weather data

Calbee extends shelf life of potato chips as law encourages corporate effort

Japanese snacks at a supermarket: Businesses were responsible for 55% of the 6.43 million tons of food that went to waste in Japan during fiscal 2016.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese companies are tackling food waste at their production lines, using artificial intelligence and other technology to reduce the amount of food that never reaches consumers.

Localities are set to compile action plans to cut food waste under a law taking effect Oct. 1, seeking cooperation from the corporate sector. With companies like Nichirei Foods and Calbee getting a head start, efforts at the top of the supply chain are expected to have a significant impact in loss reduction.

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