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Plastic bag fees to be mandatory for Japanese retailers

Country under pressure to cut heavy plastic consumption

Japan is among the world's largest consumers of disposable plastics. (Photo by Tsuyoshi Tamehiro)

TOKYO -- Japan is moving to require retailers to charge for disposable plastic bags amid international efforts to reduce the amount of plastic waste that ends up in the world's seas.

Retailers such as supermarkets and convenience stores would be required to charge a few cents per bag.

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