If this video doesn't prove to you that Japanese vending machine technology is light years ahead of anyone else's, nothing will. Their "retro" machines serves things like udon, ramen or even toast, things our modern vending machines can only dream of.
Perhaps the best of the bunch, though, is a banana vending machine from Dole. How do they dispense the bananas without bruising? How do they ensure the bananas will be somewhere in the vicinity of ripeness when they are consumed? American vending machine developers, we clearly have some work to do.
Video: Japanese Vending Machines