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Over 80% of Japanese positive about robotic nursing care

JIJI

Over 80 percent of people in Japan hold positive views about receiving nursing care from robots, according to a survey by nursing care service provider Orix Living Corp.

The result suggests that people feel a psychological burden from being taken care of by humans, Orix Living said. The online survey, conducted in September, covered 1,238 people aged 40 or above across the nation.

The proportion of respondents who said they are ready to or want to receive nursing care from robots stood at 84.3 percent, hitting the highest level since a related question was introduced in 2011. Of the respondents who prefer not to use robotic nursing care, 46.9 percent — the largest group — said the reason for their choice was that they would prefer to be taken care of by humans.

In the survey, most respondents said they see nursing-care robots as serving a supplementary role to alleviate burdens on care receivers and caregivers. The survey also found that 84.2 percent of men want to care for their wives, while 65.8 percent of women said they want to care for their husbands.

According to the survey, 53.5 percent of men want to share a room with their wives in housing for the aged, while 41.6 percent of women said they would wish to share a room with their husband.

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