I, robot: Japan’s cyborg society | 1843

Japan is famously wary of immigration, fearing that foreign workers will undermine job security and upset familiar ways of life. But there is one kind of industrious interloper that is greeted more enthusiastically in Japan than in any other country. Robots or “immigrants from the future”, as my colleague Oliver Morton calls them, are unusually well assimilated into Japanese society.

Japan’s obsession with robots is well documented. In fact it’s a cliché. Foreign journalists seem to like Japan’s affection for robots almost as much as Japan likes robots. If I were a seasoned Tokyo correspondent, rather than an occasional visitor, I would probably try to resist revisiting that well. But I’m not, so I can’t.

Japan is home to more robots than any other country.

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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