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SoftBank uses smart robots to tackle Japan's labor shortage

New AI-controlled cleaning machines will be introduced in the summer of 2018

Brain Corporation of the U.S. shows off its ICE RS26 autonomous cleaning robot in Tokyo on Nov. 20. The company is providing its AI technology to SoftBank Robotics. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- With a growing economy and aging population, Japan is suffering from a worsening labor shortage. The jobs-to-applicants ratio for September was 1.52 on a seasonally adjusted basis, the highest since 1974. There may be no immediate cure for the situation, but SoftBank is ready to provide some clues through its robotics business.

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