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FUKUOKA (Kyodo) A robot designed to help elderly and disabled shoppers made its debut Thursday at a major commercial complex in Kasuya, Fukuoka Prefecture.

The 1.7 meter-tall robot, jointly developed by tmsuk Co. and NTT Communications Corp., will be at the Diamond City Lucle shopping complex to guide visitors through Feb. 15. The trial run aims to determine whether the robot can be put to practical use.

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