Japan has committed itself through technology to develop robotics to replace a shrinking labor force. Despite this labor shortage in Japan, Japanese immigration officials refuse to lift restrictions on immigration laws to allow more workers into the country. Robots will soon replace workers at places like Softbank stores, warehousing, banks, manufacturing, coffee shops, fast food restaurants, information desks, hotels, stores and train stations. Robots will replace many other jobs all across most sectors in Japan and this trend will only increase. The enormous savings in wages for thousands of laborers all across Japan is going to be huge. The move to robotics is accelerating at a blistering pace with an anticipated half of Japan’s working population “being replaced by robots or artificial-intelligence programs within the next 10 to 20 years.” That might be a bit of exaggeration but robotics isn’t going to slow down and neither is the associated AI that runs the software. A few Japanese are taking a counter intuitive position saying that skilled workers will make a come back in Japan as an article titled “Japanese Robots In Danger of Being Replaced by Human Workers” discusses. Which is sort of humorous because how many people observe the Japanese as being robotized by their economic circumstances?
IMF Working Paper Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific – Foreign Help Wanted: Easing Japan’s Labor Shortages
Answering the call: Robots to staff Japanese cell phone store
January 27, 2016
Ginni Rometty, chairman, president and CEO of IBM, and Kenichi Yoshida, vice president of business development for SoftBank Robotics, stand near SoftBank’s robot Pepper as it waves to the audience during an IBM keynote address at the 2016 CES trade show in Las Vegas,Nevada January 6, 2016. © Reuters / Reuters
A Japanese company has so much faith in their humanoid robots that they are going to unleash them on the customers at one of their cell phone stores as sales assistants.
SoftBank Corp unveiled its Pepper robot in 2014, marketing it as a robot that can sense emotions.
Now they’re keen to see how Pepper will react in a business environment and are putting it to the test at the end of March, when up to six Peppers will work in Tokyo’s upscale Omotesando shopping district for one week.
Japan: Pepper the robot can tell if you’re happy or sad