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Noah Smith

Even a Robot Shouldn't Do These Jobs

Japan wastes talent on make-work.
One of them is actually alive.

One of them is actually alive.

Photographer: The Asahi Shimbun

Americans are worried about robots taking their jobs. Japanese people should be salivating at the prospect. 

Japan continues to power ahead in the field of robotics. Although Japanese companies have lost their dominance in fields such as consumer electronics and semiconductors, in robots they remain supreme. Japanese companies hold 50 percent of the global market for manufacturing robots and 90 percent of the market for robot parts.