Japanese companies have traditionally been at the forefront in robotic technology. Firms such as FANUC, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Sony, and the Yaskawa Electric Corporation led the way in robotic development during Japan’s economic rise. Automation and the integration of robotic technology into industrial production have also been an integral part of Japan’s postwar economic success. Kawasaki Robotics started commercial production of industrial robots over 40 years ago. Currently Japan is one of the biggest players in the global robot market.

IMF, Land of the Rising Robots, 2018

The Japanese machinery sector, along with the broader Japanese economy, has seen strong growth since 2014.  However, Japan is a rapidly aging society, and the work force is expected to continue shrinking in the future. During the past 10 years Japan already experienced a population decline of more than 2 million. Together with a reluctance to increase immigration beyond a limited number of temporary visa schemes, and slow growth of the proportion of women remaining in work, the Japanese Government has turned its focus towards the utilization of robot technologies to improve Japan’s productivity, enhance companies’ earning power, and raise wages.

International Trade Administration, Japan Robotics Industry, 2020
METI, Japan’s Robot Strategy was Compiled, 2015

Table of Contents

  • Robotics R&D programs
  • Market Overview
  • Main Sectors
  • Use of Robots in Japan
  • COVID impact and market evolution
  • Examples of EU-JP cooperation
  • Expert Report
  • Annual Report
  • Further Reading
  • Relevant Organisations and Trade Fairs
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