Vending machines

No set of pictures from Japan would be complete without some jidou
or vending machines. There may be as many as 5.5 million
of them in Japan, requiring the energy output of the equivalent of one
nuclear power plant to power all these machines. With more than 50
nuclear power plants currently operating in Japan, you could say that
2% of them are necessary just for the jidou hanbaiki.

| 19 years ago in Japan