Popular duty-free items – such as high-end cosmetics and watches – will be among the first items to be sold from vending machines. Photo: Shutterstock

Japan’s plan to beat labour woes? Vending machines for duty-free goods

  • The government is set to approve the plan as an influx of tourists coincides with a lack of personnel who can speak foreign languages
  • Japan is facing a worsening labour shortage, a legacy of its shrinking population and decreasing birth rate
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Popular duty-free items – such as high-end cosmetics and watches – will be among the first items to be sold from vending machines. Photo: Shutterstock
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.