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Robots Doing The Jobs Japanese Prefer Not To Do
Hiroko Tabuchi writes in USA Today:
That's just what the Japanese government has been counting on. A 2007 national technology roadmap by the Trade Ministry calls for 1 million industrial robots to be installed throughout the country by 2025.
A single robot can replace about 10 employees, the roadmap assumes â€” meaning Japan's future million-robot army of workers could take the place of 10 million humans. That's about 15% of the current workforce.
"Robots are the cornerstone of Japan's international competitiveness," Shunichi Uchiyama, the Trade Ministry's chief of manufacturing industry policy, said at a recent seminar. "We expect robotics technology to enter even more sectors going forward."
A little further on in the article,
The Aizu Chuo Hospital spent about some $557,000 installing three of the robots in its waiting rooms to test patients' reactions. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, said spokesman Naoya Narita.
"We feel this is a good division of labor. Robots won't ever become doctors, but they can be guides and receptionists," Narita said.
The article didn't mention that one of the major reasons for Japanese advancement in robotics is that immigration is taboo in Japan - and wealth is far more evenly held than in the US. Japan has been advancing faster than the US in the key metric of productivity per worker.
The thing is, something similar could be happening in the USA. If Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota were independent countries, they would exceed the math/science test scores of any far Eastern country. Traditionally, Japan has excelled not in huge innovations, but in refining technologies developed elsewhere. There simply is no Japanese equivalent of Kary Mullis, creating a whole new industry with a single major invention. Still, the insane policies of the lawyers, real estate, and financial interests that run America are allowing nations like Japan a chance to catch up with the US.
If the economics of immigration were really examined accurately, it would be obvious that Japan is taking the better long term strategy - and that the US with its great natural resources would have even more attractive options for creating a viable, technologically advanced economy. The same techniques that automate care of the elderly in Japan could be used to automate the picking of lettuce, construction and landscaping tasks dependent on illegal alien labor. This could have been done for a faction of the trillions of dollars wasted on foreign and domestic adventures.
If the US were to get back on track economically, the 20 million illegal aliens brought to the US by its corrupt and decadent wealthy could be repatriated largely voluntarily by relatively small cash inducements paid by expropriating the employers of illegal aliens and from those that have benefited indirectly from illegal immigration - property owners and investors.