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History of the Development of Beverage Vending Machine Technology in Japan

  title={History of the Development of Beverage Vending Machine Technology in Japan},
  author={Yoshihiro Higuchi},
Approximately 4.27 million vending machines were operating in Japan at the end of 2006, with annual sales in excess of 7 trillion yen. We have focused our research on beverage vending machines, because these account for over half of all the installed machines (at 2.60 million). The first vending machine is thought to have been introduced at a temple in Alexandria in 215 BC. The machine dispensed holy water in return for a small coin. The oldest extant machines are cigarette-vending devices that… 

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