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Japan robot receptionist welcomes shoppers

The andriod, ChihiraAico, was developed by microwaves-to-power stations conglomerate Toshiba.


SHE can smile, she can sing and this robot receptionist who started work in Tokyo on Monday never gets bored of welcoming customers to her upmarket shop.

"My name is ChihiraAico. How do you do?" she says in Japanese, blinking and nodding to customers in the foyer of