'Attack on Titan' recycling box unveiled in Oita

A recycling box in the shape of the man-eating giant from the popular manga series "Attack on Titan" has been set up in a city in southwestern Japan. The series has been published in 21 countries and regions, and more than 100 million copies of the books have been sold.

People can throw their used cans and plastic bottles in the giant's mouth.

The box was unveiled on Wednesday in Oita Prefecture's Hita City -- the hometown of Isayama Hajime, who is the creator of "Attack on Titan."

The box is 110 centimeters tall and 50 centimeters wide. It was placed next to a vending machine in front of a restaurant near Hita Station.

Nippon Foundation and other groups working on environmental issues came up with the idea. They want to raise awareness among locals and tourists about the importance of recycling.

The city's mayor Harada Keisuke attended the unveiling ceremony, which was held in front of the station.

Harada said he hopes the collaboration with the creator of "Attack on Titan" will make people think about issues that affect the future. He added it is a move to welcome people to Hita, which aims to be a sustainable city.