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Kawasaki to market compact robot to short-handed plants, offices

June 04, 2015


Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. has developed a near human-size robot that can work side by side with humans at short-handed companies.

The beauty of the dual-armed industrial robot called "duAro" is that it can fit in to just about any work space occupied by a human. It is 130 centimeters tall and needs just 60 centimeters square.

“The robot can work for at least 10 years, and it will never give up its jobs halfway like human workers may do,” said Kawasaki executive officer Yasuhiko Hashimoto, adding that the robot is targeted mainly at small and midsize companies suffering from labor shortages.

The duAro is designed to slot in for a human worker on a production line or office space.

It can be programmed for numerous tasks, for example, assembling machine parts, inserting documents into files or arranging food in "bento" lunch boxes. The industrial machine is equipped with wheels and can be easily moved around the workplace.

The duAro is priced at 2.8 million yen ($22,500) without tax. Kawasaki also plans to market the robot to factories and offices in emerging economies where labor costs have been rising.

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Tokyo and Manila have intensified their united front against China’s expanding military presence in the East and South China Seas by agreeing to deepen security ties.

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Jiji Press NEW YORK (Jiji Press) — Some major U.S. law firms are preparing class action lawsuits against Toshiba Corp. on behalf of its shareholders to recover investment losses resulting from the Japanese electronics maker’s revelation about possible accounting irregularities, it was learned Wednesday.

Law firms including Rosen Law Firm P.A. and Pomerantz LLP have said they are investigating potential securities claims and calling on Toshiba shareholders to join the actions.

Toshiba’s American depositary receipts, or securities that represent shares of non-U.S. companies on the U.S. markets, plummeted more than 12 percent on May 11 after Toshiba announced in Japan on May 8 that the company will postpone the release of its group earnings results for the year that ended in March because it needs more time to investigate into the alleged accounting fraud.

Now that the Toshiba share price has recouped some of the losses, however, it is uncertain whether the law firms will actually file the lawsuits, observers said.Speech

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Jiji PressPrime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday told visiting Australian Defense Minister Kevin Andrews that Japan hopes to cooperate with Australia on the development of Australia’s next-generation submarines.

In a meeting held at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo, Andrews told Abe that he will visit shipyards in Kobe on Thursday that are run by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. The two companies build submarines for the Maritime Self-Defense Force.

At a National Security Council meeting last month, the Japanese government decided to participate in the procedures for Australia’s selection of a partner to develop the submarines. Japan also decided to disclose some of its submarine technologies to Australia.


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