Robots earmarked to solve Japan labour shortage

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A tea master does remote controlling of SEED Solutions' platform robot SEED-Noid to roast tea leaf during its demonstration at Robot Development & Application Expo in Tokyo, Japan January 17, 2018.

A tea master does remote controlling of SEED Solutions' platform robot SEED-Noid to roast tea leaf during its demonstration at Robot Development & Application Expo in Tokyo, Japan January 17, 2018.

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A tea master does remote controlling of SEED Solutions' platform robot SEED-Noid to roast tea leaf during its demonstration at Robot Development & Application Expo in Tokyo, Japan January 17, 2018.

A tea master does remote controlling of SEED Solutions' platform robot SEED-Noid to roast tea leaf during its demonstration at Robot Development & Application Expo in Tokyo, Japan January 17, 2018.

JOHANNESBURG - Japan is hoping to use robots to solve its labour shortages.

By 2030 demand for service robots is expected to grow nearly tenfold.

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Japan’s rapidly ageing population has raised the profile of robots.

Airlines, retailers, truckers and restaurant chains are rethinking expansion plans, due to a lack of workers to fill certain jobs.

In extreme cases, companies are closing shop.

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The country is currently hosting a robotics conference showcasing the latest technology.

The number of visitors to the conference has risen drastically, suggesting demand for robots is growing.