Japan long ago lapped most of the world in vending machines commerce, seemingly by placing a machine on every street corner and taking an "if-you-can-imagine-it-a-couple hundred-yen-will-buy-it" approach with drinks, foods and some things not quite suitable to be bought from a machine.
Not resting on its laurels, and with a high-tech image to uphold, the nation, with the highest number of vending machines per capita, has now rolled out machines where drinks are displayed on a large LCD screen which acts as a touchscreen for purchasing.
The new machines were first rolled out in Shimbashi Station in Tokyo and have spread to Tokyo Station and to trendy hotspot Shibuya, which coincidentally was where a banana vending machine was first unveiled in 2010.
© Jason Coskrey & JapanVisitor.com
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