"I put a new 500-yen coin into a vending machine but it was rejected." Some people may have had this experience. Although the new coins have been in circulation for more than a year, many vending machines and money changers in Kyoto City still do not accept them. We have investigated the reasons for the delayed upgrades.

Articles are excerpts from reports and news in the Kyoto Shimbun. Translated by Mie Hiuzon, Psyche et l’Amour, Inc.