Japan to Increase Use of Robots to Overcome Societal and Economic Challenges

Published by , March 27, 2016 1:53 pm

(RSIS.edu.sg) Japan plans to further increase the use of robots to overcome a host of societal and economic challenges associated with falling birth rates, ageing population, and declining economic productivity. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced in 2014 a five-year plan to expand the use of robots. No other country is as ambitious in this regard as Japan in aspiring to integrate robots so thoroughly in almost every aspect of society and economy.
At this moment, it is difficult to ascertain whether these plans remain an aspiration or Japan indeed would achieve a robotic revolution by 2020. Nevertheless, it is obivious that as the third largest economy in the world and as a technological powerhouse, failure or success of these plans in Japan is certain to have far-reaching implications for the region.

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