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  • Japan’s all-in-one care system
  • Japan’s all-in-one care system
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Japan’s all-in-one care system

A little old lady sits in an armchair in the corner of the room, smiling affectionately as a group of small children play nearby. It sounds like the family room of a typical Japanese home, but this is one of a growing number of unique care facilities that accept the old and the young alike.



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  • Article image PARO: tech that aids the elderly

    While the immediate future is unlikely to yield AI pseudo-human carers, the notion of robots aiding the elderly is closer than ever. All over the world – especially in Japan, where more than a quarter of the population is over 65 – technology and healthcare are starting to overlap.

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