Japanese vending machines may well number in the millions, with almost one for every twenty-three people, but with competition cutthroat to say the least, there’s little room for those left behind.
So, while the latest units offer a whole gamut of goodies,
and sometimes even surreptitiously swap cigarettes for slimming snacks,
their smaller, beverage-only brethren, are sadly left to rust by the roadside.
The odd discarded can their only crumb of comfort.