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A Robotic Village in Tokyo by 2020?

Robotic Village Tokyo 2020 (Source - Japan Science and Technology Ministry).

Robotic Village Tokyo 2020 (Source – Japan Science and Technology Ministry).


“Japan will use the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to showcase its robotics technology and give visitors a sense of a futuristic society where humans are waited on hand and foot by robots.

A committee of the science and technology ministry that was formed Sept. 15 proposed setting up a robotic village in time for the Games as part of an initiative toward a “universal future society” where robots and information technologies that assist humans regardless of age, nationality or disabilities are commonplace.” (The Asahi Shimbun)

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Will this cutting-edge Innovation be to the Tokyo Olympics 2020 what the “Tokaido Shinkansen” (Bullet Train) was to the first Tokyo Olympics in 1964? What can we expect to see? What do you think?




Japan: Robots helping to reduce farmers’ and fishers’ workload!

Robots for farming and fishing (from The Yomiuri Shimbun)

Robots for farming and fishing (from The Yomiuri Shimbun)

“Research institutes and universities in Japan are developing robots to play an active part in the primary industries of agriculture and fisheries, which are suffering from aging workers and a lack of manpower. The robots are intended to alleviate the farmers’ workload and improve the quality of crops.

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry actively supports the move with the idea of “making good use of Japan’s robotics technology, which has long been utilized mainly in factories, now in the field of agriculture.”

The central government set a goal in January to quadruple the size of the robot market to ¥2.4 trillion by 2020, and the primary industries are positioned as a crucial field in which to utilize the robots.

The average age of farmers in Japan was 66.7 in 2014, with 64 percent of them 65 or older. Under the circumstances, there is great interest in using robots to make up for a shortfall in agricultural manpower.” (The Yomiuri Shimbun)


These are all great applications for Robotics Technology whose future seems bright. The next challenge is commercialisation! What do you think?



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Is Japan experiencing a Robot Revolution?

Japanese robot on the moon

Japanese robot on the moon


“Japan is one of the few countries in the world likely to experience something that popular movies have predicted for years: a robot revolution. With PM Abe’s release of his plans for economic structural reform, the topic of creating a Robot Revolution Realization Council came to fruition. The premise of this council is to examine the possibility of introducing more robots into sectors such as manufacturing, agriculture, transportation, and even nursing care to help foster growth in Japan.”    (Riley Walters, The Daily Signal)

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Is Japan experiencing a Robot Revolution?


OHaNAS: get a Japanese Robot Friend (友達 ) and pratice your Japanese !!

OHaNAS (picture: Japan Times)

OHaNAS (picture: Japan Times)


Tomy Co  introduced a conversation robot jointly developed with NTT Docomo Inc. that it claims can hold “natural” conversations with people.

“We want to develop toys that are not only for play, but also for jumping into people’s everyday lives to make them more convenient,” said Tomy COO H.G. Meiji.

The robot, Ohanas, is scheduled for release on Oct. 1 (in Japanese only) and converses with help from a cloud-based conversation database that Docomo calls the “natural-language dialogue platform,” the two firms said.

Check out the Video:

OHaNas: get a Japanese Robot Friend (友達 )!!

and the article (source: Japan Times)

OHaNas: get a Japanese Robot Friend (友達 )!!



Soon the “Rise of the Machines”?

OR “14 surprising jobs that robots are doing”

(Source:  Business Insider, MSN)

The Rise of Machines ???

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Robotics in Japan: towards Human-Robot coexistence and cooperation !

What is the Future of Robots ?

What is the Future of Robots ?


Great Presentation “ Toward a new era of EU-Japan cooperation in Robotics: rationale and objectives”

and Insight from Masakatsu Fujie, Faculty of Science and Engineering, WasedaUniversity, Tokyo, Japan !!

ReadWaseda Presentation – Robotics Workshop

What is your take on the subject?

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