In Japan, the Rise of the Machines Solves Labor and Productivity

Photo caption: An automated lift moves an elderly at a private nursing home in Chiba

Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg


The rise of the machines in the workplace has U.S. and European experts predicting massive unemployment and tumbling wages.

Not in Japan, where robots are welcomed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government.   His government launched a five-year push to deepen the use of intelligent machines in manufacturing, supply chains, construction and health care, while expanding the robotics markets from 660 billion yen ($5.5 billion) to 2.4 trillion yen by 2020.

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