Home > Life in Japan > Features
  print button email button

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Kamakura: Should vending machines be turned off to save energy this summer?


By CHARLES LEWIS

News photo

Yohei Kachi
Salaryman 34 (Japanese)
They should be turned off in places like Tokyo — where there are lots of them — and many shops, if there is not enough electricity, but they should be kept on where people need them.

News photo

Trisondeau Tenessee
Graphic designer, 23 (French)
Yes. I think vending machines are a good thing, but there are too many of them, so some should be turned off. I use vending machines to buy drinks sometimes.

News photo

Noriko Chiba
Housewife, 70 (Japanese)
I think they should be turned off in places where they are not necessary. I'm also worried that vending machines might fall down in a big quake, so they should be removed from dangerous places.

News photo

Sean Murphy (American)
Electronic design automation, 46
The small proprietors who run those machines probably need the income a lot more than the large firms. I also think the government should move faster to get more power generation for Japan.

News photo

Kumi Umezawa
Volunteer guide, 54 (Japanese)
There are lots of convenience stores around, so I don't know if vending machines are really necessary. If people want to drink when they go outside, they should bring water from home.

News photo

Julie Lombard
Housewife, 30 (French)
Yes, but I'm not sure it would change anything. I think that all people must do something on their own. But I know that industry must change, so why not start by turning off vending machines?

Living outside Tokyo and interested in gathering views in your neighborhood? E-mail community@japantimes.co.jp


Back to Top

About us |  Work for us |  Contact us |  Privacy policy |  Link policy |  Registration FAQ
Advertise in japantimes.co.jp.
This site has been optimized for modern browsers. Please make sure that Javascript is enabled in your browser's preferences.
The Japan Times Ltd. All rights reserved.