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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

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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