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Title: Robotization in Japan – an examination of the socio-economic impacts of industrial robots


Author: Kanji Yonemoto


Address: Executive Director, Japan Industrial Robot Association, c/o Kikai Shinko Kaikan, 3-5-8 Shibakoen, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105, Japan


Abstract: Industrial robots are now widely used in Japan in many industries. This paper looks at the extent to which they have been accepted, and in particular their social and economic impacts. Effects on productivity, industrial relations, employment patterns and return on capital investment are surveyed. (This paper was presented at the International Products Forum, SITEV, in Geneva, June 1985.)


Keywords: economic impacts; robotisation; industrial robots; labour relations; productivity; return on capital investment; ROI; social impacts; Japan; employment patterns.


DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.1986.026105


Int. J. of Technology Management, 1986 Vol.1, No.1/2, pp.179 - 196


Available online: 27 May 2009



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