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After 40 years, last VCR to be made in Japan

Staff Writer | July 23, 2016
Funai Electric, a company that produces its own consumer electronics as well as handling production for other, will close down its VCR lines by August.
Technology   Funai produced its first VCR in 1983
The reason are the contraction of the market and the difficulty in finding necessary components. Although other companies like Panasonic got out of the market a while back, Funai had been producing VCRs in China for Sanyo, who sold them in the U.S. and other markets.

Funai produced its first VCR in 1983 and sold as many as 15 million a year at one point, but last year managed sales of just 750,000.

Which, to be fair, is still quite impressive in the age of Netflix and rewritable digital media — just not enough to keep VCRs in production.

VHS cassettes, however, are likely to stick around for a while yet; they're still easy to find in Japanese stores, and Sony stopped selling Betamax tapes last year even though it ceased production of recorders in 2002.