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Robots, cloud storage to tackle Asia's aging populations

Panasonic, Fujitsu, Hitachi among Japanese firms seeking to return to forefront of innovation

The CEATEC Japan four-day electronics show kicked off Tuesday, showcasing innovations in health care, fintech and smart manufacturing

CHIBA, Japan -- Japanese technology companies see growing business opportunities in meeting the needs of a graying population, a common challenge facing advanced countries like Japan as well as emerging nations throughout Asia.

Keeping the elderly mentally active, helping people remain healthy as they age, and assisting parents in child-rearing are among the most urgent issues facing these countries. For many in Japan's IT industry, finding solutions to these problems is key to putting it back at the forefront of global innovation, a position long ceded to the likes of Google, Apple and Samsung.

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