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Japanese vending machines have served up an array of interesting, mundane, and useful things. Things like manga or bread in a can or video game etc..

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History of Japanese vending machines

in Japan, vending machines started to appear in 1950s with drink machines, and then really began to take off in the following decades. Today, Japan hasthe highest per capita rate of vending machines in the world with the vast majority still being drink machines.

Over the years, it seems like people have put almost everything imaginable in vending machines, especially in the years before convenience stores really took off in the country and starting appearing on nearly every corner.

Cool and hot drinks inside the same vending machine

Around half of the vending machines in Japan sell drinks, and this has led to the development of proprietary technology such as that which enables both hot and cool drinks to be housed inside the same vending machine.

A collection of novelty vending machines

In Japan, the vast majority of vending machines can be divided into two categories: drinks and cigarettes. But the country has seen an array of vending machines over the years—from comic books to umbrellas. Some of the most interesting vending machines have sold neckties, milk, noodles, batteries, and even canned bread. Vending machines that sell alcohol are harder and harder to find.

There are also funny vending machine such as fresh banana, traditional Japanese seals, amulets at Buddhist temple, and so on.

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Japan’s high-tech next-generation vending machines

Some vending machines now display their products on touch-panel displays. People can buy what they want simply by touching the display, although the machine will also suggest other products that it thinks are perfectly suited to the customer. If you visit railway stations in Tokyo, you can experience for yourself next-generation vending machine models that are just like the near-future vending machines often seen in movies. The products displayed change to reflect the season or time of day, etc., and when no one is standing in front of the machine it becomes a giant animated character putting out messages and promoting new products.

Sensors installed in the vending machine automatically estimate the user’s age and gender, and then appropriate product suggestions are made. For example, young women may be recommended types of water containing vitamins or jasmine tea, while male employees returning from work may receive suggestions for coffee or energy drinks.



These next-generation vending machines are located in the main JR train stations around Tokyo (336 of these machines have been installed as of April 1, 2012). There are also increasing numbers of vending machines that accept electronic money as well as cash.

There is such a vast array of vending machines in Japan, from high-tech through to low-tech machines. If you have found a vending machine that has surprised you, please tell us about it in the Reader Discussion.

Summary

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Japanese vending machines have served up an array of interesting, mundane, and useful things.

in Japan, vending machines started to appear in 1950s with drink machines, and then really began to take off in the following decades. Today, Japan hasthe highest per capita rate of vending machines in the world.

There are also funny vending machine such as fresh banana, traditional Japanese seals, amulets at Buddhist temple, and so on.

Some vending machines now display their products on touch-panel displays.
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