Vending Machines in Japan Offer Free Drinks in Case of Emergency

Japan is known as a hotspot for natural disasters, which is why the Japanese have vending machines that are programmed to offer victims of natural disasters life-giving water and soft drinks at no charge. Following a mutually beneficial agreement between Japanese vending machine companies and local municipalities, these specially marked vending machines have been set up with battery backups and have been placed in public areas. Subway and train stations were the first to receive the machines, with community centers and other places people gravitate to in emergency situations following. Governmental authorities receive a cut of the vending machines' revenue in normal operation and in the case of a major disaster, they have an instant method of providing water and drinks to the population.