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Japan’s elderly drive demand for care-giving robots

In September, the number of Japanese aged 100 or older hit 47,756, according to the health ministry, increasing for the 41st consecutive year and up 3,307 from 12 months prior. That figure included Jirouemon Kimura, who at 114 years old was recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest man in the world. It is people like Kimura who are driving the demand for robots designed to improve the quality of elderly people’s lives.

At last year’s International Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition, held in September, Panasonic Corp.’s new robots attracted a great deal of attention.

One new addition to the company’s line-up of robots was named the "Hospi-Rimo", which joins the automated hair-washing robot and the "RoboticBed", all of which are designed to improve the quality of elderly people’s lives.