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Karasuyama Elementary School uses the mBot to teach computer programming. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)
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COCO LIU and ERI SUGIURA, Nikkei Staff Writers | China

HONG KONG/TOKYO - At a primary school in Tokyo, a Chinese robotic startup is reshaping the future of Japanese children.

"Remember that we've learned how to move forward, backward and turn around?" asks Masayuki Yasuda, a teacher with a class of nearly 40 pupils. "Now let's try to make your robot move in the way you want." As soon as he finishes the sentence, the children grab robots and start coding.

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