The first vending machine in Japan sold cigarettes, and was introduced in 1888. Now, annual sales from vending machines reach almost 6.95 trillion yen. Why Japan’s love for vending machines? Three main reasons are usually attributed:
1. Japan’s low crime rate – vending machines, whether inside or outside, are seldom broken into.
2. Japan’s love for convenience – the ability to purchase whatever you want wherever you want is culturally appealing.
3. Japan’s knack for quirky cool and the quest for the latest trend – who wouldn’t queue up to be one of the first to buy something not available anywhere else?