What it’s like to buy a canned railway stone in Japan

Originally published on Sora News by Oona McGee

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A can full of playfulness and surprises.

In Choshi City, Chiba Prefecture, you’ll find a local line called the Choshi Electric Railway. This 6.4-kilometre (4-mile) long railway is the only line operated by the privately owned Choshi Electric Railway company, and after a marked decline in customers put it into the red, it branched out into the food business to subsidise its operations.

Now, the company makes more money from its food range — which covers sweets and snacks like senbei rice crackers — than it does from selling train tickets, and this is exactly what makes the

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