Vending machines

Although the new post is good, this old one is my perennial favorite on Conversations with Japan, mainly because apparently beer and used panties and rhinocerous beetles can be bought from vending machines in Japan.

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Me: Can we do a quiz about vending machines?

Japan: Yeah, sure.

Me: OK. Great. How many vending machines do you currently have?

Japan: One.

Me: …?

Japan: Per twenty three people.

Me: Correct. And what do most of these vending machines sell?

Japan: Drinks.

Me: Correct. And are your people constantly thirsty?

Japan: No.

Me: Correct. So, are they at all necessary?

Japan: Not often, no.

Me: Correct. What would happen if you had no vending machines?

Japan: Erm…well…er…

Me: Correct. Why do you have vending machines selling drinks and cigarettes outside convenience stores that sell drinks and cigarettes?

Japan: Erm…well…er…

Me: Correct. Is it –

Japan: Hang on. Not all convenience stores are open 24 hours and some people might have a craving for a can of sugar and some…

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