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.
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.
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.