Why Japan has so many vending machines

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  • Published on:  Sunday, June 4, 2017
  • What vending machines can teach you about this countrySubscribe to the Vox Borders newsletter for weekly updates: http://www.vox.com/borders-emailFollow Johnny for more photos and videos from his travels around the globe. Facebook: https://goo.gl/l0x5cA Instagram: https://goo.gl/CduwlOWhile in Japan I noticed vending machines everywhere. Looking into it a little deeper a discovered that there's a very interesting answer to why Japan has so many vending machines. It's an economic story but it's also a story about how Japanese society values robotics and automation. I even found a business card vending machine: https://youtu.be/Ogb7FyzQhbkVox Borders is a new international series focused on telling the human stories that emerge from lines on the map. Johnny will travel to six border locations to produce a final set of documentaries. While he travels he'll release dispatches on YouTube and Facebook documenting his experiences. Learn more: http://www.vox.com/borders-dispatchVox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjOCheck out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5HOr on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o
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  • Vox

     2 years ago

    Hey everyone: this dispatch video is part of the Vox Borders project. I'm visiting six places around the world to investigate the human impact of borders, and those six videos will be released in fall 2017. In the meantime I'm making these vlog style shorts.If you want to follow my travels, the best way to do it is following my FB page: www.facebook.com/johnnyharrisvoxand signing up for the newsletter at www.vox.com/borders-email. I'll be asking for video ideas, feedback on the project, and answerin...

  • Fernando Aguilera

     2 years ago

    I hope someday he gets wherever he's going in these videos.

  • Trae X

     2 months ago


  • Randy Bobandy

     3 months ago


  • capnrojos

     1 years ago

    If you re-watch the video you will notice people in the background suddenly aware (and not very happy) that he is filming. Or people turn around to show their backs or block their faces. It is very well known that despite their love of tech and advancements in conveniences, the Japanese people are fiercely private and prefer (overwhelmingly) to not be filmed. It is considered bad etiquette to take still photos or film people without asking. So, this guerilla walk-the-streets style is really a westerniz...

  • Indra Wibhi

     6 days ago

    Not all of them tho

  • Yolo Swaggins

     2 months ago

    Vending machines are pretty lit for antisocial people.

  • Gabriel Campos

     18 days ago

    This video is so wrong. It's sad.

  • Mr Moustache

     1 years ago

    And legend says he still walks

  • Asdif

     2 years ago

    That chopstick store is like the real life version of the harry potter magic wand store

  • Notice Me Senpai

     1 months ago

    Asdif omg my exact thoughts

  • Pink Magic Ali

     1 months ago

    It is a wand shop. But the wands don’t work for muggles. Hiding in. Plain sight.

  • Prussian explainer, Bram

     18 days ago

    Who came here from nobita's channel to diss Vox?

  • NekoBoyOfficial

     12 days ago

    I love Nobita's work. He debunked this thoroughly.

  • Lordofhavoc

     18 days ago

    Worst researched video ever.

  • Cruze Schnecke

     1 months ago

    Information is not correct. I am Japanese over 50 years old, but vending machines have been in various places for over 40 years.

  • Hei Lee


    @Aleena A Well, I guess Cruze's point is vending machines have been popular long before Japan is faced with ageing population.

  • Aleena A

     12 days ago

    Cruze Schnecke he said an AVERAGE age of 46