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Japanese robot makers see strong Chinese tailwinds in 2018

Record demand fueled by China's worker shortage and robust economy

Industrial robot demand from Japanese companies has reached record levels.

TOKYO -- Japanese production of industrial robots appears likely to rise 10% in value this year and hit 1 trillion yen ($8.99 billion) for the first time, the Japan Robot Association said Friday, as China feverishly automates factories amid a labor shortage, rising wages and economic confidence.

Automation thrives

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