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Pandemic accelerates Japanese companies' embrace of robots

Trend also extends to other Asian countries as COVID changes old way of life

Japan Post is experimented with the use of robots to deliver mail. (Photo courtesy of Japan Post)

TOKYO -- Businesses in Japan and other Asian countries are using more robots and machines than ever to replace and reduce human contact as the COVID-19 pandemic lingers.

Japanese restaurant chain Watami is one such business, having introduced service robots in October on a trial basis in its newly opened BBQ chain Yakiniku no Watami in Tokyo and neighboring Kanagawa prefecture.

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