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The popular home entertainment appliance in the mid 1980s was the video cassette recorder, in which horizontally-facing cassettes would be slid rearward into a compartment that would then descend into the mechanism. Although more "modern" machines just had a slot into which the cassettes were placed, someone who inserted a cassette would be able ...


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The official reason is stated to have a front loading system to prevent damage from static electricity. The weather in Japan is more humid in comparison so static electricity is not a huge issue. And e.g. in the US floors might have carpet which can cause more static electricity buildup in areas of dry climate. The front loading makes the electrical contacts ...


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