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Robots persuade Japanese manufacturers to bring production home

Casio calculates that 'Made in Japan' is possible at Thai-level costs

Casio's Yamagata factory will automate watch module assembly, along with other processes.

TOKYO -- Japanese manufacturers that spent decades expanding their footprints in Asia and beyond are bringing production back home, with the help of robotics and artificial intelligence. 

The latest example is Casio Computer. The company is automating operations at a factory in northern Japan to cut costs and produce more of its inexpensive wristwatches domestically, reflecting a growing "reshoring" trend even for low-value-added manufacturing.

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