Japan To ‘Urban Mine’ Gold, Silver for 2020 Tokyo Olympics Medals


With the Rio Olympics now in the rearview, athletes are setting their eyes on the new prize: the 2020 Tokyo Olympic gold medal.

However, what they might not know is that the gold in those medals might be sourced from recycled Japanese smartphones and gadgets.

According to Nikkei Asian Review, the Japanese are looking to “urban mine” their way into making the next Olympic prizes and are hoping the private sector and governments will help facilitate the sustainable move.



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