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As grocery retailers chase speed and efficiency through technology, a few are bucking the trend by launching “slow lanes” for those who are not capable of blitzing through a self-checkout.

Maiya Takizawa, a regional supermarket chain in the city of Takizawa, Iwate Prefecture, has taken up the cause for older residents and those who are not interested in high-paced modern life, with those who have special needs a particular focus.

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