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Japan’s robot revolution in senior care

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Japan’s artificial intelligence expertise is transforming the elder care industry, with niche robotic care accomplishing more than just taking pressure off the critical shortage of caregivers.

Senior care facilities across Japan are testing out robots that deliver an assortment of social and physical health care and the government-backed initiative has been met with positive reviews by elderly residents.

The rapidly graying population is being eyed by the government as a lucrative market for medical technology. Dismal government projections show that by 2025, Japan’s first baby boomers will have turned 75 and 7 million people will be suffering from some form of dementia. The nation won’t be able to avert a dementia crisis without an additional 380,000 senior care workers.

The chronic shortage of professional care workers has encouraged the government to simplify procedures for foreign caregivers to get trained and certified. The current Technical Intern Training Program was extended to include nursing care as well as sectors in agriculture, fisheries and construction.

Despite the government’s move to bolster the numbers of senior care workers,........

© The Japan Times