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Japan's Rust Belt counting on robonomics to run assembly lines

Astro Boy, Doraemon give robots a friendly image as Abe aims to make robotics a 2.4 trillion yen industry by 2020
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 05:50

Attendees interacting with Pepper, the humanoid robot developed by SoftBank, during the Pepper World 2016 event in January. The bank's founder has cited Astro Boy as the robot's inspiration.


A WITHERING factory town in Japan's Rust Belt is looking for revival through a dose of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's "robot revolution".

Kadoma's population has declined 13 per cent as the nation ages, prompting mergers among elementary schools and emergency services

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