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Robots and machines help solve Japan's labour shortage

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 05:50
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At the Good Time Living nursing home, an automated lift is used to move elderly residents. A green sling, placed under the resident and attached to the lift, wraps around her and the machine softly lifts the patient. Another useful gadget is a tablet linked to a camera in a patient's room which detects movements and alerts staff when assistance is needed.
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At the Good Time Living nursing home, an automated lift is used to move elderly residents. A green sling, placed under the resident and attached to the lift, wraps around her and the machine softly lifts the patient. Another useful gadget is a tablet linked to a camera in a patient's room which detects movements and alerts staff when assistance is needed.

Tokyo

THE rise of the machines in the workplace has US and European experts predicting massive unemployment and tumbling wages.

Not in Japan, where robots are welcomed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government as an elegant way to handle the country's ageing populace, shrinking