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 country

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    While 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://www.okclips.net/video/Ogb7FyzQhbk/video.html

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  • Vox

     (Jun 26, 2017)

    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...

  • Lucky Banana

     (Dec 12, 2018)

    2:40 you’ve also gone to the best fuckng ramen place in the world. You have good tastes

  • Fernando Aguilera

     (Jun 5, 2017)

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

  • Praveen Chandran

     (Dec 24, 2018)


  • David Walls

     (Dec 22, 2018)

    Maybe he's trying to find a bathroom.

  • Junho Son

     (Dec 20, 2017)

    South Korea also has that problem...

  • Constantinople 콘스탄티노플

     (Jan 6, 2019)

    +Oscar Vitlue It's serious problem, if this situation continues, s.korea's population decreasing down at half in 2100. And 0 population in 2500

  • Oscar Vitlue

     (Jan 5, 2019)

    It’s not a problem

  • Charisse Lambert

     (Dec 3, 2017)

    He hit on some good points, but when I lived in Japan, the Japanese people told me that they can have vending machines because vandalism is rare. In the U.S. vending machines can't be everywhere because they can and are easily vandalized.

  • Staedler Staedlerr

     (Feb 7, 2019)

    they don't have blacks

  • capnrojos

     (Jan 12, 2018)

    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...

  • rahul lakhanpal

     (Jan 29, 2019)

    Have you ever watched *Logan Paul* vlog on Japan

  • svndro. xo_tv

     (Jan 6, 2019)

    They all look alike anyways

  • taopaipai17

     (Sep 7, 2017)

    Japan is not Tokyo.

  • WingChroniam

     (Jun 4, 2017)

    Put this many vending machines in the US and it'll be broken into by the next day.

  • Khaleesi Romaerys

     (Dec 25, 2018)

    They need to invest in a very thick unbreakable glass.

  • Inugami X9

     (Nov 20, 2018)

    @CashZero The 90's called, they said that blaming rap music for everything is played out. Gonna blame M Rated video games next? Because that one is also played out.

  • yakmanok

     (Jan 11, 2018)

    Aging population has nothing to do with vending machines. westerners see things from market perspective only. Tunnel vision. Japan has vending machines every where even in remote streets because it is perfectly safe. japanese do not vandalise and steal unlike in most western countries.

  • Rachel Han

     (Jan 10, 2019)

    Who even liked this comment? That does not explain why there are so many of them in the first place. Also, please stop saying 'western countries' when it's only the US you're referring to.

  • 1manuscriptman

     (Mar 15, 2018)

    This guy is making his living traveling the world, stopping in a given company for a couple of days, then pretending to be an expert on some aspect of its culture. It shows.

  • gladitsnotme

     (Nov 29, 2018)

    Isn't that every white boy's dream? Don't be jealous.

  • Rokko Miyoshi

     (Nov 30, 2017)

    I don't usually post comments but I felt I had to. First of all, no matter how much research you make, if you haven't lived in a city for at least a few years, you will not understand the intrinsic socio-political or economical behaviours of the people in that city. If you ignore this, you may come off as a post-colonialist ignorant. People don't live in apartments smaller than an SUV. The few capsule rooms are used to spend the night when salary men have either missed their train or don't want to go b...

  • Mechi di Paola

     (Dec 27, 2018)

    +Frank Spencer I was thinking something similar when I was watching the video. Convenience aside, the extended use of automation tends to isolate people. Now, everyone deals with that differently, of course, but I for one would prefer talking to a person instead of punching a button. To me that's not just a transaction, its a momentary connection with another person, and sometimes those small moments make your day. But again, that's just me.

  • Frank Spencer

     (Oct 23, 2018)

    But excuse me if this sounds impolite. You have accepted that as a truth that it "takes less time and is clean transaction" than a HUMAN BEING because of your culture being driven to find a technological solution to your demographical problem. That is why you like robots and have automation. Conveinance might be the feeling you get when buying that but its your governments over generations planning the upcoming fall of aged japan.Here, despite we have self service checkouts, it would get qu...