Japanese Vending Machines Tell People To Wear A Mask, Wash Their Hands And Gargle

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This week, new vending machines that tell customers to fight the coronavirus were unveiled in Shiga Prefecture, Japan.

As NHK reports, the samurai-themed machines have a pre-recorded message that states, “Fight the coronavirus! Wear a mask, wash your hands, and gargle.” When people get their drink, the message adds, “Well done! Always be prepared.”

The machines are plastered with the samurai Todo Takatora. Besides drinks, they also sell canned disinfectant wipes as well as masks.

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The vending machines are located at four spots throughout the town.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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Well this is a nice wholesome move. A few vending machines promoting health in the midst of a pande...

Is that second picture seriously showing two men without masks or social distancing?