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Chinese company wants robot to apprentice in Japan

Smiling Pangolin steps up challenge to SoftBank's Pepper

Smiling Pangolin robots are ready to serve.

TOKYO -- Chinese robot maker Suzhou Pangolin Robot has firmly set its sights on challenging SoftBank Robotics, the market leader for service robots and creator of Pepper. 

"Our rival is Pepper," said Song Yugang, CEO of Pangolin, which established a Japanese subsidiary in April and has already supplied robots to Huis Ten Bosch, a theme park in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture.

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