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://cnclips.net/video/Ogb7FyzQhbk/video.html

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  • Vox
    Vox  2 years ago +1151

    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.

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  • Blasian Asian
    Blasian Asian  50 minutes ago

    Was that a coin with a hole in it?

  • Dr23rippa
    Dr23rippa  2 days ago

    Simple 24/7 potential to earn money. You don't have to pay for a employee or a till or pension scheme sick pay... Plus if it ain't making money on that street, how easy is it to move to another...

  • Leelaa
    Leelaa  3 days ago

    What are those called: 1:41 ?

  • mert özdemir
    mert özdemir  3 days ago

    thank you for this video

  • bluefalcon5537
    bluefalcon5537  3 days ago

    The coin is a major issue in Japanese currency in my opinion because there are no bills smaller than 1000 yen, which is equivalent to about 10 dollars. I kept ending up with a noticeably heavy pocket full of change by the end of the day.

  • Japanese Muggle-born

    1:40
    I live in Tokyo, but I have never seen this tiny boxes where he insists Japanese people live



    He knows nothing about Japan

  • Tj Tamura
    Tj Tamura  5 days ago

    This guy gives so many baseless speculations...i usually like Vox videos, but the connection to the birth rate and aging population is silly. There are convenience stores around every corner in Japan. Getting a drink from a non-automated source is just as easy as the opposite.

  • Jagjit Roudh
    Jagjit Roudh  5 days ago

    Hey don't have enough workers - that the answer.

    *They

    *That's

  • Kazuma Yagami
    Kazuma Yagami  6 days ago

    Who cares. I just like Japan

  • うべい
    うべい  6 days ago

    I'm japanese.
    Japanese staff member don't have time.because We have to work overtime.There wasn’t even time to go shopping.

  • doyouevendata
    doyouevendata  7 days ago

    what camera are you using?

  • Phonic Tales
    Phonic Tales  7 days ago

    That is how Europe should have been instead of choosing to import mass immigration

  • Christian Alfred Garcia

    Asks why Japan uses so many vending machines...
    Gives us a complete summary of Japan's culture towards thr future of automation while still helding on their traditional handcrafted products

  • Legendary Derp duck

    I like the warm drinks in the vending machine when I went there, it tasted nice and also the food in the restaurants :3

    I wanna go there again someday

  • Chris Sartain
    Chris Sartain  7 days ago

    Finally a video that's somewhat happy!

  • Mike Torres-Ponce

    3:13 Reminds me of antieku

  • Affluent Nerd
    Affluent Nerd  7 days ago

    @4:17 She mirin' brah.

  • Daniel Clements
    Daniel Clements  7 days ago

    I could be wrong but Japan as been interested in AI/robotics before they had any real problem in population decline. Also I believed they where early in implementing JIT(Just in Time) logistics in regards to manufacturing before US manufacturing started taking it seriously so they have a history with not just wanting to "automate" whatever they can but also with improving/streamlining any process whether it being an aspect of business or with their day to day lives.

  • Kelvin Fl
    Kelvin Fl  7 days ago

    This guy just made all Vox borders videos lose all credibility, and by extension i am questioning how much research is really put in all Vox videos. Man what a shame.