• Kyodo


A robot that cooks soba noodles is serving hungry commuters at a train station in western Tokyo in yet another example of Japan’s shift to automation as labor remains in short supply.

The robot was introduced Monday on a trial basis at Higashikoganei Station on East Japan Railway Co.’s Chuo Line. It is capable of making 40 soba dishes an hour, about the same as the average human cook.

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