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Japan's first banana vending machine has been installed in Shibuya, near the Hanzomon Line gate. Dole says the bananas have sold out every single day since the machine's debut on June 23. The cost is 130 yen for a single banana and 390 yen for a 600-gram bunch containing four to five pieces of fruit. Dole says it plans to sell other fruit products in vending machines in locations like universities and office buildings.

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130 yen for one? I paid 78 yen for 4 medium size bananas at my supermarket 2 days ago. Still, compared to most stuff at a conbini, this is a good deal.

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Where is the takoyaki machine? I mean, really!

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Thus must have started out as a joke by an American Dole executive, along the lines of someone at a board meeting saying, "Hey, have you seen the stuff they sell in vending machines in Japan?? How much you wanna bet we could even sell bananas!" Someone took him up, and this is the result.

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Cost mentioned is for Bananas or Machine Maintenance ?!

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This news is bananas!

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Soon enough you'll be able to buy vending machines in vending machines.

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I'd much rather be able to look over a bunch before I buy it.

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Who are the idiots paying that much?? Cheaper at conbinis and much cheaper at the grocery store.

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Always do your grocery shoppin' at the local grocery mart. IMO this is ridiculous and overpriced.

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Next time I am in Shibuya and feel potassium deprivation, I'll know exactly where to go.

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I guess it beats the used pantie days.... and that was a ripoff too yet alone a society sickness. Probably costs the same to have some geezer stand there and sell them. Nicely done Japan- more machines to take jobs. Convenience over common sense but on that note its brilliant compared to the 10 million tobacco vending machines that make this country so beautiful.

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Whatever happened to the simple stuff you could buy in these machines, like breath mints, chips, and gum?

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@Weasel: who needs breath mints, chips, and gum when you can have...BANANAS!

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@Weasol: LOl! those are sold in the big vendingmachines called combini's

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thats cool and all, but most people like to look at their produce from all angles before they buy it. how bummed would you be if your nice expensive banana turned out to be black on one side.

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@kujiranikusuki: I agree, but I doubt you'd have to worry about Dole products going bad inside a temperature controlled vending machine - especially after being injected and sprayed with enough pesticide to be classified (and I jest) "petrified".

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Yes, the time is ripe !

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Why???

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@ratpack: because Dole and its Japanese partner goes bananas for $$$ for bananas.

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Wow reminds me of that eposide of the office where they replace the food in the vending machine with fruit and all these fruit flies invade it so they just spray a bunch of bug spray inside.

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What are you all bitching about, with your smug "I'm a boy scout I'm always prepared" attitudes? It's healthier than buying chocolate bars and crisps from a vending machine, isn't it? If you're in a rush, nowhere near a supermarket and there's a line at the convenience store (that sells a lot of additive-pumped,empty-calorie crap), a banana is a great choice for a snack!

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Will Kiwi fruits follow suit?

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Japan is going absolutely BANANAS over the kinds of vending machines they have.....

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LOl! those are sold in the big vendingmachines called combini's

Great...another robotic location filled with cheerful droids who occasionally rotate the hotdogs and work the cash register.

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Dole says it plans to sell other fruit products in vending machines in locations like universities and office buildings.

gee i hope they dont start selling watermelons. Can you imagine the TTHHUUMMP that monster would make as it slams into the tray!!

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Not very good management if the machine is empty ever day.

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I've heard of living on the Dole, but this is ridiculous.

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Awesome.

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you can see the trash cans on the right side....so that you can throw away your peels? Would you really eat a bunch of bananas right there in the stairwell?

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I had a bunch from tghis machine and they were delicious. also slightly chilled. combini bannanananas suck.

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Would you really eat a bunch of bananas right there in the stairwell?

Probably not - but I think it is a requirement (and common sense) that vending machines have some sort of receptacle for trash.

50 banana skins lying around the machine would not be a good look.

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Where do the bananas come from? The Philippines? Indo?

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Maria,

Right on! People on this site only want to bitch and complain. This is in no way a bad thing. I hope to see more pop up and that other types of fruit are sold as well.

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Another look at mind-body dualism? Bananas in the machine? Whatever, I'll definitely partake if given the chance.

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I really like the idea and it seems to be a profitable one...

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@Maria, its not so much the vending machine idea, its the PRICE. I'll go to a grocery store any day and buy a bunch and take that with me instead.

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Even where I live if I were to stop by the convenience store, a single banana costs only .60 cents if not .50.

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As a shareholder in DOLE, can't really complain... I'll be sure to try it out. Nothing like a super fresh Banana.

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