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Pepper debuts in Taiwan

Pepper, Softbank's humanoid robot, got a first glimpse of Taiwan accompanied by Asia Pacific Telecom Chairman Lu Fang-ming, left, and Syntrend Chairman Gou Shou-cheng.

TAIPEI -- Pepper, the humanoid robot developed by Softbank, a Japanese technology company, made a first appearance in Taiwan on Thursday at the flagship outlet of Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) in the Syntrend shopping mall in Taipei.

     Both APT and Syntrend are controlled by Foxconn Technology Group, or Hon Hai Precision Industries, which assembles the robot in China. Alibaba, China's leading e-commerce company, Foxconn and Softbank have formed a joint venture to market Pepper worldwide.

     Although APT Chairman Lu Fang-ming said his company has still not decided when to bring Pepper to the Taiwanese market, Syntrend Chairman Gou Shou-cheng said there will be competitions next year to create dedicated apps. Gou's father Terry is Foxconn's founding chairman.

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