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Robots will take 3.5 million human jobs by 2025

by on14 April 2008


Population shrinks

As Japan's
population shrinks, robots will replace jobs currently held by 3.5 million humans.

Analysts say that Japan faces a 16 percent slide in the size of its workforce by 2030 while the number of elderly will mushroom. The government does not want to contemplate large-scale immigration and according to the Machine Industry Memorial Foundation, said robots could help fill the gaps, ranging from microsized capsules that detect lesions to high-tech vacuum cleaners.

Japan could save 2.1 trillion ($26.72 billion) of elderly insurance payments in 2025 by using robots that monitor the health of older people, so they don't have to rely on human nursing care, the foundation said.
Last modified on 14 April 2008
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