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Fukushima to host new robot-run factory for Iris Ohyama

$46m plant to help housewares company grow its artificial turf business

Iris Ohyama will use robots to automate production of artificial turf.

SENDAI, Japan -- Japanese home goods maker Iris Ohyama has chosen a hard-hit Fukushima community as a location to build a cutting-edge factory that can adapt itself to changes in supply and demand.

The plant will be located in an industrial park in Minamisoma, a northeastern city that was slammed by the 2011 tsunami and depopulated after the meltdowns at the nearby Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

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