Capsule Toy Vending Machines Accepting E-Payments Released

Economy

Tokyo, April 18 (Jiji Press)--Japanese toy maker Bandai Co. said Thursday that it introduced this month capsule toy vending machines that accept e-payments.

The Smart Gashapon machines accept payments via transport-linked e-money cards, such as Suica of East Japan Railway Co. <9020>, or JR East, said the Bandai Namco Holdings Inc. <7832> subsidiary.

Bandai also plans to enable payments using quick response codes.

The company will install 50 units of the machine in the nation, mainly in the Kanto eastern region including Tokyo, by the end of May.

Each unit comprises five product dispensers, an e-money reader device and a touch screen display for operating the machine. Users can check the locations of the machines and types of available toys on the Internet.

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