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'Pepper's father' ready for new robotic challenge

Kaname Hayashi, founder of Groove X, speaks at the Pioneers Asia startup event in Tokyo on March 23.

TOKYO -- Kaname Hayashi, who led the team that developed SoftBank Group's Pepper humanoid robot, is again in the spotlight as he recently set up a venture firm to create a revolutionary new robot.

     Hayashi established GROOVE X in Tokyo in November 2015, a few months after leaving Softbank, the Japanese telecom giant, in a bid to launch the new robot in 2019.

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