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July 25, 1988 | JOHN TIGHE, Times Staff Writer and
In Japan, the most high-tech products are commonplace, but the garbage disposer--a 50-year-old appliance considered essential by many Americans--is found in very few Japanese kitchen sinks. The Japanese government doesn't prohibit disposer sales. In fact, disposers carry no import tariffs. But the country's Ministry of Construction has stymied sales activity by urging department stores not to stock disposers and discouraging builders from installing disposers in homes.
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July 25, 1988 | JOHN TIGHE, Times Staff Writer and
In Japan, the most high-tech products are commonplace, but the garbage disposer--a 50-year-old appliance considered essential by many Americans--is found in very few Japanese kitchen sinks. The Japanese government doesn't prohibit disposer sales. In fact, disposers carry no import tariffs. But the country's Ministry of Construction has stymied sales activity by urging department stores not to stock disposers and discouraging builders from installing disposers in homes.
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