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Robot niche expands in senior care

Jun 19, 2013

Robot niche expands in senior care

by Mai Iida

Given Japan’s rapidly aging population, efforts are accelerating to devise more practical and affordable robots to help seniors handle daily tasks, as well as to cope with a projected shortage of caregivers. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government has allocated ¥2.39 billion in the fiscal ...

Jun 19, 2013

Suicide rate of people in 20s alarms

With suicide behind nearly half of all deaths for those in their 20s, the government appealed Tuesday in a white paper for assistance to be ramped up for young people struggling with employment and other problems. The 2013 white paper on suicide, adopted at ...

May 19, 2013

Incentives needed to lure students to U.S., experts say

by Masaaki Kameda

Incentives are needed to reverse the decline in Japanese enrollment at U.S. universities as Japanese companies compete harder and earlier to recruit new graduates, experts said at a symposium. “They need clear incentives and encouragement from the government, academia, the media and private enterprise. ...