Vending machines in Japan serve many purposes in Japan; not just the obvious machine-based vending of items, but also some collect money for charity, others provide free drinks in the event of an earthquake, and even help you escape from crime! To get back to the primary business of selling, goo Ranking asked its monitor panel to name what things they’d most like to try once if there was such a vending machine close at hand. This survey was conducted over the 24th and 25th of October 2007.

I couldn’t really believe the toast option, but it does exist!

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Ranking results

Q: If there was one close at hand, what kind of vending machine would you want to try once?

Rank Vending machine Score
1 Stamps 100
2 Medicines 65.3
3 Umbrellas 56.0
4 Fried potato 53.8
5 Sanuki udon (noodles) 53.4
6 Supplement 47.7
7 Nuts and other beer snacks 46.6
8 Pizza 46.2
9 Bento lunch box 45.8
10 Sushi 45.5
11 CD, DVD 44.8
12 Stationery 41.9
13 Mobile phone charger 41.5
14 Cosmetics 40.8
15 Hot spring hot water 40.4
16 Manga comic 35.7
17 Best-selling novels 34.3
18 Writing implements 30.7
19 Miso soup 29.2
20 Rice 28.9
21 Toast 26.7
22 Earthquake, natural disaster items 25.3
23 Contact lens fluid, etc 22.4
24 Underwear (not the used type I hope!) 19.9
25 Cooking ingredients 19.5
26 Fresh vegetables 17.3
27 Fresh flowers 16.6
28 Business cards 15.2
29 T shirt 14.4
30 O-higan set (items for a grave visit such as incense, flower arrangements) 13.7

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What Japan thinks | Blogs of the world · September 26, 2009 at 22:52

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