Japanese vending machines

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Japanese vending machines


So benri!

story by Simone van Driel

Beverage vending machines are super benri (‘convenient’). They made their way to Japan in the second half of the 20th century and quickly developed into a major factor in the country’s distribution system. The fast-paced lifestyle of a busy city like Tokyo was the perfect environment for the machine to flourish. This story will tell you all there is to know about vending machines in Japan.

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