VCR’s in ‘Futuristic’ Japan

Funai Electric, was the last company in Japan to cease production of video cassette recorders aka VCR players, only recently as August 2016! The decision to finally stop the production of VCR players was due to ‘a general fall in demand’ well no surprises there.

Typical Image of Japan and Technology (nope no sign on an VCR player here) A woman interacts with the humanoid robot Pepper, developed by SoftBank Corp.'s Aldebaran Robotics SA unit, at a SoftBank store in Tokyo, Japan.
Typical Image of Japan and Technology (nope no sign of a VCR player here) A woman interacts with the humanoid robot Pepper, developed by SoftBank Corp.’s Aldebaran Robotics SA unit, at a SoftBank store in Tokyo, Japan. Image Source

Having said that though, last year 2015, Funai Electric sold a staggering total of 750,000 VCR players!!! Let me remind you what one, no, what two of these looks like…

Nostalgia much?
Nostalgia much?                                                                                                                                   CC BY-SA 3.0

OK so 750,000 units does sound like a lot, but not as much when compared to the 150 million units sold during the peak of the VCR player. From my understanding of Japan, one of the possible reasons VHS and VCR’s have survived for so long is due a large percentage (33.1%) of Japan’s population being over the age of 60 years. (Japan has the world highest number of people who are over 60 years old. Source)

The JVC HR-3300 VIDSTAR is the world's first VHS-based VCR to be released to the market, introduced by the president of Japanese company JVC, at the Okura Hotel on September 9, 1976.
The JVC HR-3300 VIDSTAR is the world’s first VHS-based VCR to be released to the market, introduced by the president of Japanese company JVC, at the Okura Hotel on September 9, 1976.                                     CC BY-SA 3.0

This made me wonder what kids today would make of the VCR , would they even have the patients to wait for the tape to be rewound? How would they react to a ‘chewed up’ tape? So I stumbled upon the following ‘Kids React to VCR/VHS YouTube video. Check it out, the reactions are hilarious!
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kesMOzzNBiQ]

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