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New univ. cafeteria in Osaka offers advance orders, calorie check via app

Students try out an app from which they can preorder meals, at Kindai University's new cafeteria in the city of Higashiosaka, Osaka Prefecture, on Sept. 10, 2019. (Mainichi/Koki Matsumoto)

HIGASHIOSAKA, Osaka -- Kindai University unveiled to the press on Sept. 10 a newly completed next-generation cafeteria in which diners can preorder their meals via a smartphone app and receive freshly served food without waiting in line.

A student raises a tablet showing an app from which users can preorder meals, at Kindai University's new cafeteria in the city of Higashiosaka, Osaka Prefecture, on Sept. 10, 2019. (Mainichi/Koki Matsumoto)

The cafeteria opened on the campus in the Osaka Prefecture city of Higashiosaka, western Japan, with the aim of reducing congestion at lunchtime and supporting the health management of students.

Through the app, users can place detailed orders, such as choosing how much broccoli to put in their pasta. It also displays the number of calories per meal. Cashless payments are also accepted.

The cafeteria even serves ramen noodles containing protein, which is preferred by students in the university's sports clubs who want to build more muscle. A student in the American football club said he finds "greater motivation to come to the university" for the new menu. He added, "I want to perform well in both academics and sports."

(Japanese original by Koki Matsumoto, Osaka Science & Environment News Department)

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