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Tokyo Metropolitan Government to test paper straws at three coffee shops

JIJI

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will test paper straws at three coffee shops in its two government buildings in Shinjuku Ward for a month starting Monday.

The metropolitan government will purchase the straws and provide them to the shops for the trial, which is aimed at confirming the usability of paper straws instead of plastic ones.

Gov. Yuriko Koike on Friday visited one of the shops, a Tully’s Coffee Japan Co. outlet, to promote the trial.

She used a paper straw and appeared satisfied, saying, “I see no problem” with it.

Koike, a former environment minister with a keen interest in tackling plastic waste, suggested that paper straws offer an opportunity for people to think about environmental issues.