Fourth Industrial Revolution

What we can learn from Japan's adoption of robots in the service sector

A robot entertains residents at a nursing home in Tokyo. Image: REUTERS/Kim Kyung

Karen Eggleston

Director of the Asia Health Policy Program, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University

Yong Suk Lee

SK Center Fellow, Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Toshiaki Iizuka

Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy and Graduate School of Economics, The University of Tokyo

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Robots in Japan are being developed for use in long-term care for the elderly. Image: Statistical data on Prefectures (Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications) and Map source Map source: GADM ver. 3.6, Center for Spatial Sciences at the University of California, Davis
Robots could have a significant future role in the care sector. Image: Source: Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, Japan. Various years. Prefectural report on funds set aside to improve health care and long-term care service in each prefecture, map source Map source: GADM ver. 3.6, Center for Spatial Sciences at the University of California, Davis
Evidence suggests that robots may reduce the burden on care workers and nurses. Image: VOXEU

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