While I cooked rice using a regular pot in Beijing, Shiro and I rely on our rice cooker everyday in Tokyo. After we used it for more than 5 years, the inner pan began to wear out. The machine still works perfectly, but I found the non-stick coating was coming off and worried that it might get into our food.
So, we bought a replacement pan. It's great that our rice cooker's brand sells replacement parts. We didn't have to buy a whole new one.
Old pot: There are some scratches.