The Japanese absolutely love robotics, and the multi-billion-dollar industry is recovering with a strong boost by the country's government. Described as a "pillar" of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's effort to help Japan's struggling economy rebuild. Humanoids can be used in factories, retail stores, offices, retirement homes, and a wide variety of locations to interact with customers, residents and visitors.
"The adoption of robots tailored to the individual needs of each workplace is without a doubt a major trump card that will drive our local economies," Abe recently said, while speaking at the Robot Revolution Realization Council.
Longtime Japanese electronics and technology companies have struggled to keep up with rivals in the United States, China and Korea - and investing in robotics could help the country standout against other rivals.