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Exam pressure is on for colleges after Osaka’s test question flunk

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Doraemon, the robotic cat of a popular manga series, is a product of cutting-edge technology. But he will never be recognized as a "living being." Why?

This question was asked in a private junior high school entrance exam some years ago, and I understand it became a topic of conversation back then.

The answer seems obvious. But trying to explain it adequately in words isn't easy.

According to a website specializing in information related to school entrance tests, the suggested answer is, "Because Doraemon can neither grow on his own nor reproduce." But I personally think there also are various other acceptable answers.

What if there really are multiple answers, but........

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