Digitimes Research: Japan promoting service robots
Hana Hu, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei [Friday 25 July 2014]
Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has been boosting the development of service robots, with a target production value of JPY2.65 trillion (US$26.1 billion) and target production of 9.4 million robots specifically for use in health and medical care in 2025, according to Digitimes Research.
The robots will meet demand in Japan where the birth rate remains low and the elderly population is increasing, which is expected to result in a lack of personnel in the nursing segment.
Robots are currently used mainly in Japan's industrial segment but by 2025 the service market will surpass it to represent a JPY2.65 trillion market compared to the JPY1.58 trillion of the industrial segment, according to statistics from Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization.
The robots will primarily be used for for logistics, security, health and medical care, added Digitimes Research.
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