Why are there so many vending machines? Second attempt

Shops are traditionally clustered in shopping steets (shoutengai) rather than being corner shops, and even now some posher suburbs have no shops for miles


Why is tachiyomi (reading standing up in a bookshop or convenience store) such a big thing in Japan?

According to the this week’s From Our Own Correspondent (BBC Radio) it’s also big in France, where the other similarity is the popularity of comics-something you can easily finish in one visit. Once people get into the habit of doing it with comics, I guess it just spreads. Why the shops allow it, however, is still a mystery…