Alcoholic vending machine

This a vending machine filled with alcoholic drinks (Mostly beer). It has an electronic driver’s license reader that checks if the customer has the age of majority or not. Not all these vending machines have the driver’s license checking system, but the government wants to introduce the system in all of them. It’s a cool system, but I don’t think it will accomplish the objective for which it is supposed to be designed.

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License reader detail.

13 Comments
  • koy

    February 26, 2008 at 7:22 am

    Is this to encourage drunk driving?

    What about adults without driving license? Passport/ID card scanner may be better imo.

  • ale/pepino

    February 26, 2008 at 7:43 am

    Nice point! Encourage drunk driving 🙂

    There’s no ID card in Japan and not everyone has a driving license (it’s so 20th century), so this age control looks quite lame.

  • OsakaGuy

    February 26, 2008 at 11:40 am

    The liquor store where I lived in Osaka attached a helpful little pocket made out of duct tape on their vending machine with a card anyone could use to activate the machine. Now that’s customer service!

  • OsakaGuy

    February 26, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Sorry, “The liquor store =near= where I lived in Osaka…”

    Haha.

  • Gabuchan

    February 26, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    They are introducing TASPO for the cigarettes, so they should have a standard card for the alcohol machines too.
    Also I noticed that I don’t see these machines too often in the city – mostly in the countryside. Where did you take this pic?

  • sheerblade

    February 26, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Next it’ll be Drive-Thru liquor vending machines. You won’t even have to step out of your car to get smashed.

  • Neil Duckett

    February 26, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Does make it tough for those of us without a license, better get min quick smart!

  • kirai

    February 26, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    It’s kind of stupid, yes. I took the picture somewhere in Shibuya, but you are right, these are not very common in the cities.

  • Karasu-kun

    February 27, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    When I was there last in ’96 they had these, I wonder if it was the honor system or they had the DL readers on them back then too? I can’t really remember. Must’ve been too drunk =P

  • Brad

    March 1, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Almost on a daily basis I see cars pulling up at vending machines for beer or smokes. It’s just ridiculous!

    Mind you, in Australia there are actual drive through bottle shops. Not many but I have seen a few.

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  • Mike

    September 4, 2011 at 8:19 am

    I think some other beer machines don’t check ID but they also don’t work until late at night, if you try and buy something during the day the money just comes out again. I wanted to get drunk there and then! 🙁