Japan’s elderly are being told to get used to being looked after by robots.
AT SHINTOMI nursing home in Tokyo, men and women sit in a circle following exercise instructions before singing along to a famous children’s song, “Yuyake Koyake” (“The Glowing Sunset”).
The UK health secretary has admitted that there is a shortage of both doctors and nurses. This is a problem that could have been foreseen some years ago, and will only get worse due to Brexit. And there is another looming shortage in the shape of social care workers.
It is known as the “vending machine problem” — where the appearance of a world-beating technological nation masks a country that retains some surprisingly low-tech ways.
If Robinson Crusoe holidays are your type of thing, you’ll want to know about a new hotel concept that’s about to take Japan by storm.
Huis Ten Bosch, a theme park on the edge of Nagasaki, is planning to launch a fleet of pod-like, capsule hotel rooms that float in the water, so guests can wake up at a new destination each morning.