[VIDEO] Why Japan Has So Many Vending Machines

June 16, 2017

In Japan you can buy almost anything from a vending machine: hot tea, sushi, umbrellas, even bread in a can. This video takes a look at the economic and cultural factors that have contributed to Japan’s vending obsession, such as an excess of coinage and a shortage of unskilled labor.


  1. How does Japan’s low birth rate contribute to its vending machine culture?
  2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of relying so heavily on vending machines?

6 Responses to [VIDEO] Why Japan Has So Many Vending Machines

  • !. The low birth rate in Japan contributes to the vending machine culture because due to the low birth rate, they don’t have as many people to work. The population is also full of elderly, so the elderly are usually retiring. Which causes them to have more robots and machines to do the job.
    2. The advantages of the vending machines is the fact that it is very easy to purchase anything you want quick. Also, since they have so many vending machines, you don’t need to go looking for a store near you. The disadvantage of vending machines is they are coming out with so many different robots or machines to work, that it might start causing people to loose their jobs.

  • 1. Japans low birth rate contributes to its vending machine culture for multiple reasons. First they have one of the highest average age for a country in the world. Many of the people there are past the age of working in small convience stores and their are simply not enough people to do the smaller jobs.
    2. Having robots and vending machines to do smaller jobs has many advantages. For the larger companies that stock the vending machines, they will not have to split there profits with any employees if they have a vending machine do all the selling. That means more money for the supplier. This could even make the prices of there products lower which is always an advantage for the customers.
    The disadvantages for an all vending machine world would be that there is no customer service. People there can only rely on non talking machines to hand them there every day products. If anything wrong happens there is no one there to help or take care of it.

  • 1.How does Japan’s low birth rate contribute to its vending machine culture?
    Since here isn’t a lot of labor any more as vending machines are taking away jobs the rate of older people is raising.
    2.What are the advantages and disadvantages of relying so heavily on vending machines?
    You don’t pay for labor
    more convient
    no advertisying
    No tips
    it get break
    its limited

  • 1. The average age in Japan is 46 and population is shrinking, making availability of workers very low in the service industry. This and availability of technology has led to to the use of automated vending machine.

    2.Vending machines are widely available for a variety of products, can fit in tight spaces and still turn profit. Disadvantage may be the low social contact leading to loneliness due to automation.

  • 1) The average age in Japan is around 40 which means that there are older people than younger people, this means that there are more retired elderly people which contributes to the reason of there being fewer people working. This is why they use machines for simple jobs because there are not many people to help vend out items or products.

    2) Vending machines are cheaper to maintain over time compared to having a worker you have to pay continuously and they would be quicker than a human. Some disadvantages would be the vending machine breaking down and also if anyone had questions about a product, no one would be able to help you.

  • 1) Japan’s low birth late contributes to its vending machine culture because the majority of the population is of an older age or retired and there aren’t enough younger people who are willing to work in small convenience stores.

    2) The advantages of relying so heavily on vending machines would be not having to pay all of the employees there’d be if there was no vending machines. Also, they are convenient and can fit in tight spaces which makes them easier to place. The disadvantages are, not having customer service in case something happens or having human contact. Additionally, these machines could take over so much that people begin to lose their jobs.

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