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Tokyo Station turns to umbrella rental service to cut waste

Service promises to trim refuse in nation that goes through 130m umbrellas a year

Umbrellas with a design based on an ancient map of the Tokyo Station area can be unlocked with a dedicated app or with the Line messaging app. (Photo by iKasa and Yuki Kohara)

TOKYO -- Japan's capital, where umbrellas are just as likely to be forgotten as reused, has attracted a small rent-an-umbrella service around Tokyo Station.

The new service will rent umbrellas for 70 yen (64 cents) per 24 hours. They can be unlocked with a dedicated app or with the Line messaging app at 41 rental stands near station exits, at nearby facilities and around the Nihombashi area.

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