Japan is embracing nursing-care robots
5,000 nursing-care homes are testing robots
Japan leads the world in advanced robotics. Many of its firms see great potential in “carerobos” that look after the elderly. Over a quarter of the population is over 65, the highest proportion of any country in the OECD. Care workers are in desperately short supply, and many Japanese have a cultural affinity with robots.
For now the market is small. One big reason for that is expense; few individuals can afford their own robots. The main customers are nursing homes. Some 5,000 nursing-care institutions are now testing robots.
Bron: The Economist, 23 november 2017
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