Japan has faced two major challenges: a need for economic growth and a shortage of labour. Having one of the oldest populations in the world, Japan’s lack of workers and consumers are ever growing issues.
However, Japanese firms seem to have finally responded to Abe’s efforts in stimulating the economy, which has stagnated and deflated these last two decades.
A solution Japan seems to have embraced is the use of humanoid robots for factories, complementing the shortage of human workers. Glory Ltd, a developer and manufacturer of money handling machines and systems, is in the vanguard of this investment trend in robotics and automation.
Glory has invested about 7.4 million yen (US$60,000) in 19 robots. They have eye-like sensors and arms to assemble made-to-order change dispensers, and work alongside the other 370 human workers.
“They aren’t human, but it’s as if I’m working with colleagues who do their work very well,” said one of the workers who has been there for four years.