Putting “fun” in “fungible”

The Takadanobaba district of Tokyo will introduce Astro Boy currency Wednesday as part of local revitalization efforts. Community members said Tuesday that the currency will be measured in horsepower, the unit of measure of Astro Boy’s strength. One horsepower of the currency will be equivalent to 1 yen. Shops, nongovernmental organizations and Waseda University will offer the currency in exchange for citizens’ volunteer and environmental activities, they said. For example, stores will award customers with 10 horsepower if they carry a reused shopping bag.

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