Nostalgics and hipsters alike are weeping today – the last ever Japanese VCR, made in China, will roll off the line at the end of this month.

Funhai Electric began making the machines seven years after the launch of the format in the 1970’s, according to Japanese media. They are now shutting down production this month due to a lack of demand and difficulty finding necessary parts.

As a world leader in TV and entertainment equipment, Japan’s total abandonment of the format is both saddening and well overdue. When Funhai Electric was selling a peak 15 million machines a year it’s unlikely they foresaw internet TV. Though it’s a credit to the format that it survived to see DVDs also dribble into obscurity.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com