Japan's PM Abe wants to stage 2020 Robot Olympics
Published on Jun 19, 2014 6:06 PM
TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to stage a "Robot Olympics" in 2020, the same year Tokyo hosts the Summer Games, local media reported Thursday.
Mr Abe also revealed plans for a task force to develop Japan's robot industry and to triple the size of the market for the machines to 2.4 trillion yen (S$29 billion).
"In 2020 I would like to gather all of the world's robots and aim to hold an Olympics where they compete in technical skills," Mr Abe told reporters.
"We want to make robots a major pillar of our economic growth strategy," Mr Abe was quoted as saying by Japan's Jiji Press agency.
To continue reading, log in if you are a subscriber
Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!