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Shoppers have been washing their hands and sterilizing their smartphones recently in the streets of Tokyo’s Ginza district using handwashing stations that a Japanese start-up hopes will revolutionize access to clean water and better hygiene.

WOTA Corp. set up 20 of its WOSH machines near popular stores in the area in an initiative with a district association aimed at encouraging shoppers to wash their hands to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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