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Prepared by Gee Hee Hong and Todd Schneider (both APD).
“Automation” in this paper refers to the use of technology—including robots, information and communications, and artificial intelligence (AI)—to substitute for or augment human labor.
New Robot Strategy by the Headquarters for Japan’s Economic Revitalization available at (http://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2015/pdf/0123_01b.pdf)
Details of ‘Society 5.0’ available at the Cabinet Office: (http://www8.cao.go.jp/cstp/english/society5_0/index.html)
The Japanese Cabinet decided to create new status of residence in June 2018, to allow foreign workers into the country to ease labor shortages and, if the relevant act is amended, starting April 2019, to accept foreign workers who have a certain level of professional and technical skill.