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Whale meat vending machines open in Japan to promote sales after years of controversy
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After struggling to promote its controversial products for years, a Japanese whaling operator is trying a new way to cultivate sales: whale meat vending machines.
The Kujira (Whale) Store, which opened Tuesday in a port town near Tokyo known as Yokohama, has three machines for whale sashimi, whale bacon, whale skin and whale steak, according to The Associated Press. The machines also sell canned whale meat ranging from 1,000 yen ($7.70) to 3,000 yen ($23).
The store is the third to launch in the Japanese capital region after Kyodo Senpaku Co. opened two other locations in Tokyo as part of its new sales drive. A fourth is set to open in Osaka next month.
The company plans to expand the vending machines to 100 locations across the country in five years, spokesperson Konomu Kubo told the AP.
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