What we can learn about robots from Japan

June 9, 2024

A driver of industry

Some researchers say that the roots of Japan’s positive view of technology, and robots in particular, are primarily socioeconomic and historical rather than religious and philosophical. In the years after World War Two, Japan turned to new technologies to rebuild not only its economy but its national self-image.

“Industrial robots played a major role in the economic revival of Japan during the sixties,” says Martin Rathmann, a Japan scholar at Siegen University in Germany. “Instead of easing strict immigration policies to help with the shortage of labour, they introduced widespread automation through robotics.” After automating its own manufacturing lines, boosting efficiency and production, Japan became a major exporter of industrial robots to other countries.

this is an old topic from BBC in 2020