Despite the fact that the global robotics industry grew by 12% in 2013 alone and has being growing in recent years, within the same time period the Japanese robotics sector has been in steady decline in terms of the number of robots. 

IFR, Industrial Robot Statistics, 2014
METI, Trends in the Market for the Robot Industry in 2012, 2013

However, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to make robots a key pillar of his growth strategy, and aims to triple the domestic market for robots to ¥2.4 trillion by 2020. Furthermore, Japanese technology giants including Panasonic, Toshiba and Sharp are working on a variety of robotics projects, including robotic suits, sign language-capable robots and multilingual cleaning robots.

Financial Times, The Ghost in the Machine Gets Smarter, 2014

Table of Contents

  • Market Overview
  • Main Sectors
  • Use of Robots in Japan
  • Robotics Post-Fukushima
  • Expert Report
  • Annual Report
  • Further Reading
  • Relevant Organisations and Trade Fairs