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August 17, 2017

Labor-short Japan more comfortable with robots

  • The debate over machines snatching jobs from people is muted in Japan, though one difference is the “lifetime employment” system.
    AP Business Writer

    MORIYA, Japan — Thousands upon thousands of cans are filled with beer, capped and washed, wrapped into six-packs, and boxed at dizzying speeds — 1,500 a minute, to be exact — on humming conveyor belts that zip and wind in a sprawling factory near Tokyo.

    Nary a soul is in sight in this picture-perfect image of Japanese automation.

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