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Vending Machines of Japan

Page history last edited by Jason Fountain 11 years, 8 months ago

 Japanese Vending Machines (jihanki)

 

 

 

 

 

In Japan, vending machines are known as jidō-hanbaiki (from jidō, or "automatic"; hanbai, or "vending"; and ki, or "machine"), jihanki for short.

 

 

 

The roots of the jihanki in Japan actually go back to 1888 where inventor Takashichi Tawarayashiki created a one that dispensed postage stamps and postcards

 

 

 

Vending machines emerged in Japan around the same time as the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, but did not gain popularity until the mid 1970's with a push from soft drink companies.  Around the same time, Japan introduced the worlds first vending machine that dispensed both hot and cold beverages.

 

Now it is estimated that there is one vennding machine per 23 individuals in Japan, which is the worlds largest density of vending machines.

 

There are approximately 5.6 million machines throughout Japan bringing in nearly 7 trillion yen annually, about 3% of  Japans GDP. This rivals the business volume of convenience stores and far surpasses the vending machine sales of any other nation.

 

And these are not your everyday vending machines......

 

 

 

Drink Machines:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beer and Liquer

 

 

Hot meals.....
Ice Cream......
Eggs....
Fish Food....
Flowers.....
Fishing supplies
10 lb. bags of rice.....
Fortune machines.........
Horse betting......
Fresh undies......
Used panties......

 

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