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Japan tucks into food truck boom

Meals on wheels serve to satisfy appetites and ambitions in the concrete jungle

TOKYO • Finding a tasty, quick and cheap lunch that isn't from a beef bowl or soba chain in Tokyo's central business district can be a challenge. And while the packed lunches at convenience stores are getting tastier, they're often cold and limited in variety.

In fact, the situation is so severe in some office districts that the workers there are labelled as "lunch refugees" - as they have nowhere to go to sate their hunger.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 30, 2018, with the headline 'Japan tucks into food truck boom'. Print Edition | Subscribe