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Japan's PM Abe wants to stage 2020 Robot Olympics

Published on Jun 19, 2014 6:06 PM
 
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe inspects a robot working at an assembly line of cash dispensers at a factory in Kazo, suburban Tokyo on June 19, 2014. 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, June 19, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

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.

 
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