With 5 million vending machines nationwide (that’s 1 vending machine for every 23 people) and natural disasters commonplace, Japan has specialized vending machines that have a backup battery and dispense free drinks and food in the event of a major emergency.

Vending Machines in Japan Offer Free Drinks in Case of Emergency

Free drinks from a beverage vending machine? It’s more likely than you think – in Japan, that is. Specially labeled vending machines equipped with battery backup are programmed to offer victims of natural disasters life-giving water and soft drinks at no charge.

Major earthquake, flood, storm or other natural disaster in your area? Out of water and the roads are blocked? Japan’s famous vending machines have got you covered. Following a mutually beneficial agreement between Japanese vending machine companies and local municipalities, specially marked beverage vending machines that dispense drinks for free have been set up in public areas.

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11 thoughts on “With 5 million vending machines nationwide (that’s 1 vending machine for every 23 people) and natural disasters commonplace, Japan has specialized vending machines that have a backup battery and dispense free drinks and food in the event of a major emergency.”

  1. predictingzepast

    In case of an emergency *all* vending machines in the US dispense items for free..

    Just not by choice, or emergency.

  2. Exceptional_Angell

    …..”free drink mode” *can* be activated by local staffer. If local staffer is unable to activate then battery mode will be in effect until it isn’t…

  3. cferrios

    Similarly, there are also vending machines equipped with AED, and others have LCD screens with information about nearby evacuation areas.

  4. Mindful-O-Melancholy

    They have hot and cold stuff in drink machines and tons of different food stuff. There’s a YouTube channel called TabiEats that is pretty good, they try a bunch of snacks, vending machines and a bunch of other stuff. There was one I saw where they went to a restaurant/cafe that was only vending machines, it all looked better than you’d expect.

  5. AVALANCHE-VII

    Keep your customers alive to purchase again in the future.

  6. h-v-smacker

    Also I heard that the green public phone booths become toll-free to call whomever you want in the event of en emergency.

  7. DickweedMcGee

    In the US, people would figure out how to trigger Emergency Mode then clear out the machine and that would mean the end of EM.

  8. SomeoneTookUserName2

    So Japan is kinda like Rapture I guess? That’s pretty cool.

  9. Puzzleheaded_Swan446

    Whoever had this idea, deserves a free water from an INOP vending machine during the apocalypse.

  10. meabbott

    How do they differentiate between major emergencies and other kinds such as captain emergencies?

  11. King_Mecha

    So That’s why they’re everywhere in Yakuza! I wondered why there were so many vending machines everywhere even places you wouldn’t think they’d be like back Alleys I’m not even kidding

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