Background

The nursing care industry in Japan is understaffed due to low wages, long hours, and some other reasons.


Besides, Japan has one of the fastest aging populations and lowest birthrates in the world. The segment of the population over 65 was less than 5 percent in 1950; however, the percentage has been increasing.  It reached over 7 percent in 1970 and 14 percent in 1994.  Currently, it's over 23 percent. 


The segment of the population over 65 is expected to reach 26 percent by 2015 and 40.5 percent by 2055.


For this reason, we're likely to face some impending problems in the nursing industry in near future, including labor shortage of caregivers.

 

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To cope with those upcoming problems, we expect that introducing robots into the nursing industry might be a practical solution.  Even though there are various options available such as accepting foreign caregivers, introducing robots can be a solution.  Robots could be a viable alternative for certain kinds of work at nursing facilities.  Robots might be suitable for many of the areas, including therapeutic aids and companions for the elderly, as well as cleaning and other menial tasks. 

 

 

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Can robots be an alternative way to replenish the rapidly declining human workforce? Can robots be accepted by Japanese caregivers? Do the elderly prefer human-to-human interaction as opposed to human-to-robot? 

 

We don't know yet. That's why we stated the project, focusing on the nursing facilities in the area of Kanagawa. 

 

  

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