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Japan's age gap expanding, with robots seen as possible aid

Robots could be used to help ease Japan's increasingly stressed workforce
By: Michael Hatamoto | Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: May 5, 2015 5:15 am

For better or worse, the robotics revolution is underway, and it's continuing to happen regardless of some concerns expressed by humans. In Japan, a leading robotics research nation, engineers hope that robots can play a role in helping close the workforce gap due to an aging population.




Toshiba's Aiko Chihira humanoid robot is currently on display in a Tokyo department store, where it recently performed a few songs alongside a human band. Nestle is testing SoftBank's "Pepper" robot as a method to help sell coffee machines, while other companies hope the robot is able to engage in store visitors.


The Huis Ten Bosch theme park located in Nagasaki will feature a hotel that has more than 90 percent of hotel services conducted by robots alone. There are no easy answers for Japan, which has an aging population that is only getting older, so adopting robots could prove to be an effective way to ease pressure on the workforce.


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