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Ginza shoppers clean hands, phones with high-tech wash stations

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By Chris Gallagher and Hideto Sakai

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The last time someone other than me touched my smartphone was about 2 years ago, so I wonder how useful this feature is.

The machines don't require connection to running water.

But they require a connection to electrical power. It seems there are better, more cost-effective and practical methods than this.

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Your smartphone was touched by you who touched other surfaces, people, etc.

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yuck, who wants to wash their hands in recycled water?

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A ridiculous idea. Stop with the crap, Japan, test people, and get vaccinating.

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It’s a good idea but getting permission to place objects in the street would have taken a long time to conclude, the, I bet.

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Brilliant, just another push to see how far people can be pushed

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Phones are warm. Touch a surface transfer it to the phone and take it home. Phones should be cleaned daily.

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A ridiculous idea. Stop with the crap, Japan, test people, and get vaccinating.

This is not a government program - it's a private company. Give them a break.

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Interesting! New ideas always welcome. This is why I live in Tokyo. Theres always something new to experience

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im sure that’s essential shopping!

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Your smartphone was touched by you who touched other surfaces, people, etc.

the CDC says the coronavirus does not easily spread from touching surfaces. In the case of a smartphone, that lives in your pocket or bedside table, and contamination via one surface to another surface to you, the probability would be exceedingly low. About the same or less than touching one of these cleaning devices or waiting with a group of strangers waiting to use one.

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Rising numbers prove that it’s not working at all. In addition we see here a new meeting point for people, a new untraceable cluster source. But feel free to go ahead...lol

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Standing in line to wash your hands in the street in winter?

No thanks. I carry a little bottle of hand disinfectant instead. Much simpler.

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What do the poor do?

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Hi tec ?

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Watched a shopper in front of me place her hands very quickly under one of these electronic alcohol dispensers, but pulled her hand away before the alcohol spray even started!

I guess the thought counted!

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Only 3% of transmission are through contact.

We all can see that it is airborne with transmission in bars and restaurants and crowded place. Just acknowledge it.

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Perhaps they could design these little numbers to include a trash can below them. The government takes our taxes and never brought back the bins, which seems to me to be a civic duty of the government, much less this gambit. Just my two yen.

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I saw a feature on this company about a year ago. They use their system to set up showers at various locations where there are emergencies. It’s really amazing, the water can be completely filtered and recycled so that so many people can take hot showers using just a small amount of water

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Ginza shoppers clean hands, phones with high-tech wash stations

Oh goodness sakes. Here we go again with the intentionally overused term 'high tech' in relation to japan.

The 'filtration system' has been around for a very long time. Even if this one uses ultraviolet irradiation.

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You are most likely get infected by being there, than the effort of washing your phone, and at a sushi bar or using a public toilet

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