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Japan companies tap demand to automate factories in China

Mitsubishi Electric, Kawasaki Heavy see opportunity as labor costs rise

Kawasaki Heavy's robot factory in Japan's Hyogo Prefecture. Production of these robots has been moved to China.

TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Electric and Kawasaki Heavy Industries are among Japanese machinery manufacturers moving to produce more robots and factory automation products in China amid a push there to improve factory efficiency.

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