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Japan theme park to replace a third of staff with robots

Operator of 'weird' robot hotels goes full in for automation

The Henn na Hotel in Tokyo features a staff of more than 200 robots.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese travel agency and resort operator H.I.S. plans to cut the number of workers at its Huis Ten Bosch amusement park by a third in three years, drawing on its experience operating Henn na Hotel -- a chain of hotels run almost entirely by robots.

About 1,200 full-time and part-time employees currently work at the Dutch-themed Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki Prefecture. Chairman and CEO Hideo Sawada said in an interview with Nikkei that he plans to reduce that number to about 800 by around 2021.

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