Govt to expand robot market to Y2.4 tril.
The Japan News -- Jan 24
The government is aiming to expand the domestic robot market to ¥2.4 trillion by 2020, four times its current size of ¥600 billion, by increasing opportunities to use robots in nursing care and other fields, according to sources.

The goal was set as part of the government's new strategy on robots, which aims to deal with depopulation by having robots perform various roles in society in place of human beings, the sources said.

The government was to formally approve the new strategy at a "meeting to realize a robot revolution" on Friday. It contains a policy in which the government and private firms will invest a total of ¥100 billion to develop robots and other related projects over five years from 2015 to 2019.

To promote the creation of cutting-edge robots, the government will also set up a new development center in the Hamadori area of Fukushima Prefecture as early as the end of this year. Experiments will be conducted there to realize practical use of drones, unmanned flying robots, and robots to inspect the safety of bridges and tunnels.

政府は、世界に先駆けたロボット社会を目指す「ロボット新戦略」をまとめました。20­20年の市場規模を現在の4倍にあたる2兆4000億円に拡大させる方針です。
News sources: The Japan News, ANNnewsCH
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