Tokyo nabe issues Astro Boy currency

Takadanobaba, the neighbourhood where Astro Boy was invented in the classic comic/anime, is issuing a local currency bearing the likeness of Tetsuwan Atom, which will be issued in exchange for good deeds and can be redeemed for ¥.

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. The bills will come in denominations of 10, 100 and 200 horsepower.


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