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Job-stealing robots stoke concerns in Japan about inequality

Pew study finds many believe economy will prosper at the expense of the people

Japan has more than 3 industrial robots installed in factories for every 100 workers.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- Japan is famous for its innovation in productivity-boosting automation and lifelike robots like Sony's robo-puppy aibo, but a new study finds that many Japanese believe these advances are coming at the expense of the humans that made them.

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