Public Consultation Needed in Japan Regarding Robotic Eldercare

Published by , October 15, 2018 1:50 pm

(JapanTimes.co.jp) Japan has an aging population and a declining birthrate. There is a projected shortfall of some 380,000 care workers by 2025. Something needs to be done, and the use of robotic technology for eldercare is promising. Some in Japan are not convinced of the virtues of robotics in the care sector. In an interview in July, cultural critic Tamaki Saito, who writes on social issues affecting Japan, expressed his concerns about the use of robotics in nursing and social care.
What the government may need to anticipate, and adequately address, is a possible unwillingness to embrace robots. As Hirohisa Hirukawa, director of robot innovation research at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, said, “On the side of those who receive care, of course initially there will be psychological resistance.”

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