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Old 05-06-2015, 08:16 AM
 
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Culture.

There is no simple answer. IMHO, the umbrella is our culture is different than that of Japan or other countries, and that difference trickles down to politics, society issues, economic decisions, etc.
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Old 05-06-2015, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Carrboro, NC
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I would chalk it up to lingering prohibitionary beliefs about alcohol, same reason many counties in many states are still dry counties, and why many states only allow state-run stores to sell liquor.
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Old 05-06-2015, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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it's way more difficult to hold-up a vending machine
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Old 05-06-2015, 11:19 AM
 
Location: The middle of nowhere
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And Japan has a very low rate of alcoholism, while the USA has a high one...
Some states, like Oklahoma, are still very close to still being under prohibition. The temperance movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries has a lasting legacy in this country especially in conservative states. Even some blue states like Pennsylvania have very archaic liquor laws. In the US where alcohol is considered a vice, there is a very high-rate of alcoholism. In other countries where it is a part of culture and children are exposed to it in healthy doses, alcoholism much less of a problem. It's amazing how that works.
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Old 05-06-2015, 11:33 AM
 
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Does Japan sell cigarettes in vending machines?

I think it has something to do with not selling products with a legal age attached to them in an environment without human controls. It's too easy for minor to access them.
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Old 05-06-2015, 12:03 PM
 
Location: USA
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you just answered why.
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Old 05-06-2015, 12:09 PM
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Japan has all kinds of vending machines, not just alcohol. We don't.
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Old 05-06-2015, 12:15 PM
 
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The difference between Japanese and most Western societies can be explained via the simple Japanese proverb:

"The nail that sticks up must be hammered down."

I can't provide any specfic knowledge of how the Japanese handle public intoxication, but given the strong belief in subjugation of the individual to a preceived "common good" and the importance of "face". I'd be willing to bet that the penalties are pretty stiff.
There's also a bit more self-control. Not as much vandalism of public property. Whether you as a moral stance attribute this to human subjugation or native self-restraint, vending machines are viable in Japan in a way they're not in the U.S.
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Old 05-06-2015, 02:38 PM
 
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This fact answers your question
No! You totally butchered what I was trying to say. My point was that Japan seems to have no problems resulting from selling alcohol (beer anyway, I don't know about stronger booze) from vending machines for immediate consumption. In fact, Japan has little or no alcohol-related crime or disease at all. Yet America, which is notorious for having very intrusive, aggressive alcohol laws, has a very high level of dysfunction caused by alcohol.

Now it's time to have the debate of the chicken versus the egg (are our American alcohol laws older than society's woes caused by alcohol, or the other way around?)
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Old 05-06-2015, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Ha! This reminds me of when I was stationed in Little Creek, Virginia. The golf course had a vending machine with beer in it. They got rid of it after they found a bunch of 14 year old kids buying beer out of it. Thanks for the memory, OP

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