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Japanese retailers divided on plan for mandatory plastic bag fees

Govt wants to cut plastic bag use by 25%, but small stores worry about costs

Seven-Eleven Japan will not have to charge customers for plastic bags at its 21,000-plus stores as they use enough bioplastic materials to qualify for exemption.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan’s plan to introduce mandatory fees on plastic shopping bags from July 2020 is creating a rift in the country’s retail industry. The details of the proposal risk putting small businesses at a disadvantage and complicating its implementation.

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