ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon PrintIcon Twitter
Technology

Devices make heavy lifting less of a pain

TOKYO -- Lower back pain is something caregivers, farmers and factory workers know all too well. But engineers in Japan are developing wearable mechanisms that help with heavy lifting, whether it be crates or bedridden patients.

     The emergence of robotic assistance suits comes not a moment too soon. Aging societies like Japan's face a growing need for nursing care workers and a worsening shortage of labor in sectors such as construction and agriculture. Widespread adoption of wearable robots in Japan could help to solve those problems -- and provide a template for other graying nations.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Discover the all new Nikkei Asia app

  • Take your reading anywhere with offline reading functions
  • Never miss a story with breaking news alerts
  • Customize your reading experience

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more