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'Monkey Bikes' near extinction as Japan cuts tailpipe emissions

A man riding on a Honda Super Cub bike (right) at Tsukiji market in Tokyo. Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki are retiring a host of 50cc scooter models this year and may phase them out altogether as the spiralling costs of compliance make them an unprofitable part of Japan's estimated US$1.5b motorcycle market.


INSIDE the maze of fishmongers and sushi shops of Tokyo's Tsukiji, buyers and tourists are assailed by more than just the smell of fresh seafood. There's also the incessant buzzing.

Starting before dawn, the world's biggest fish market resounds with the noise of scooters...

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