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Robot Nation: Robots and the Declining Japanese Population
(Released September 2010)

  by Kathryn Mori & Carolyn Scearce  


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  1. Robot Venture Companies Hold A Joint Press Conference

    TOKYO - JUNE 18: Japan's robot venture company Vstone's humanoid communication robot "Vstone Tichno" stands next to a woman during a Robot Venture Companies' Joint Press Conference at the Prefectural Governments Hall on June 18, 2008 in Tokyo, Japan. Japan's four leading four robot venture companies are joining forces in a bid to accelerate the market development of next generation robots.
    Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images
  2. Elderly people working out with wooden dumb-bells to celebrate Japan's Respect-for-the-Aged-Day.

    This file photo taken on September 15, 2008 shows elderly people working out with wooden dumb-bells in the grounds of a temple in Tokyo, to celebrate Japan's Respect-for-the-Aged-Day. The number of centenarians in Japan has topped 40,000 for the first time, a government survey showed on September 11, 2009, amid fears of a looming demographic crisis in the world's number two economy.
  3. Christine Hsu pets two Paro therapeutic robots

    Christine Hsu pets two Paro therapeutic robots on display at the Japan External Trade Organization at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 8, 2009. Paro, designed to look like a seal, responds to light, sound, temperature, touch, motion and temperature. Overtime Paro develops its own character, becoming a "living" pet that provides companionship . Paro can provide companionship to people not able to take care of a real animal, such as those in hospitals, elder care centers and nursing homes.
    ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
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Charts and Tables
  1. Housewife robot featured in Innovation 25 Source:

    Gendering Humanoid Robots: Robo-Sexism in Japan
    Robertson, Jennifer, Body & Society [Body & Soc.]. Vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 1-36. Jun 2010.
  2. Flower Robotics' Posy (left) and Pino (right) Source:;

    Gendering Humanoid Robots: Robo-Sexism in Japan
    Robertson, Jennifer, Body & Society [Body & Soc.]. Vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 1-36. Jun 2010.
  3. Images and words used in the IATs

    Does Japan really have robot mania? Comparing attitudes by implicit and explicit measures
    MacDorman, Karl F; Vasudevan, Sandosh K; Ho, Chin-Chang, AI & Society. Vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 485-510. Jul 2009.
Tables taken from ProQuest's Illustrata
  1. Todd H. Wagner
    Fellow, Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research & Center for Health Policy, Stanford University, 2002 - Current
    From Publication Abstracts:Participants with upper extremity impairment >/=6 months poststroke were randomized to robot-assisted therapy (RT), intensive comparison therapy (ICT), or usual care (UC). RT and ICT consisted . . .

  2. Ronald Craig Arkin
    Regents' Professor, School of Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology
    From Publication Abstracts: Long-term human-robot interaction, especially in the case of humanoid robots, requires an adaptable . . . autonomously as part of the normal function of the robot, without the need for an explicit learning stage or user guidance. The complete implementation of this algorithm on the Sony QRIO humanoid robot . . . This paper addresses a difficult issue confronting the designers of intelligent robotic systems

  3. Hermano Igo Krebs
    Principal Research Scientist/Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    From Publication Titles: Kinematic robot-based evaluation scales and clinical counterparts to measure upper limb motor performance in patients with chronic stroke. . . . Multicenter randomized trial of robot-assisted rehabilitation for chronic stroke: methods and entry characteristics for VA ROBOTICS.

Scholars taken from ProQuest's Community of Scholars