Posted by: Nar Williams | April 14, 2008

Robots Take Over Japan Workforce by 2025

A thinktank has projected that due to Japan’s aging workforce and it’s low fertility rate (1.3 children per woman) that robots could account for 3.5 million jobs in the country by the year 2025.

Reuters:

Japan faces a 16 percent slide in the size of its workforce by 2030 while the number of elderly will mushroom, the government estimates, raising worries about who will do the work in a country.

Rather than each robot replacing one person, the foundation said in a report that robots could make time for people to focus on more important things.

Exactly. Give robots the menial jobs so I can focus on my fantasy football team more obsessively.

The thinktank, called the Machine Industry Memorial Foundation, says that tasks like taking care of the elderly and cleaning can be handed over to our automated pals. As reported here before, old people do love robots. The foundation says that Japan can save up to 2.1 trillion yen ($21 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.

Uh oh. Here we go again. As if Lou Dobbs doesn’t have enough to blow hot air about, this is going to open up a whole new world of outsourcing debate!

 


Responses

  1. This model reminds me of that Twilight Zone where they get stuck in a mall overnight and all the plastic figures come to life…

  2. […] dude). Now thanks to Asahi, I will be able to swagger up to an Asahi Beer Robot and order a pint. As reported here earlier, Japan is preparing to make the bulk of it’s workforce made up of robots in the next twenty […]

  3. […] The Japanese continue to develop helpful robots for future job outsourcing! […]

  4. […] Japan: Robot Nation Now that CNN has cut its science and technology staff, I’ll have to go elswhere for in depth reports like this one — oh wait, CNN would’ve never done something this interesting to begin with. If you don’t watch Current, you’re missing out. Below is a full 24 minute report by Adam Yamaguchi on Japan’s population woes and how it plans to solve it with robots. […]

  5. […] Now that CNN has cut its science and technology staff, I’ll have to go elswhere for in depth reports like this one — oh wait, CNN would’ve never done something this interesting to begin with. If you don’t watch Current, you’re missing out. Below is a full 24 minute report by Adam Yamaguchi on Japan’s population woes and how it plans to solve it with robots. […]

  6. […] dude). Now thanks to Asahi, I will be able to swagger up to an Asahi Beer Robot and order a pint. As reported here earlier, Japan is preparing to make the bulk of it’s workforce made up of robots in the next twenty […]


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