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Japan-Update

Rice-serving robot dishes up sales

A fast and efficient machine helps out with Japan's labor shortage

More the 90% of Yoshinoya restaurants in Japan, like this one in Tokyo, have Suzumo Machinery's rice-serving robots, according to the company.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's popular and fun conveyor-belt sushi restaurants would probably not be the success story they are without the "rice ball robot," which turns out a steady stream of small, compact rice blocks that form the base of individual sushi servings.

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