U.K. Report Calls for Learning from Japan on Automation


London, Sept. 19 (Jiji Press)--A British parliamentary committee has released a report that featured industrial automation in Japan, calling on the government to promote automation in British industries.

Japan "has a long history of automation and is home to major robotics manufacturers," the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee said in the report published Wednesday, adding that the Asian country is "the origin for half of robots sold globally."

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration "has made a conscious choice to support automation as part of its 'Abenomics' reforms, recognizing the need for continued growth and development of automation to enable the country to 'drastically improve productivity,'" the report said.

Referring to Japan's 2015 New Robot Strategy, the report urged the British government to develop its own automation and artificial intelligence strategy by the end of 2020.

The report cited an International Federation of Robotics 2018 report that ranked Britain 22nd in terms of robot density, or the number of industrial robots per 10,000 workers. Japan was fourth, behind South Korea, Singapore and Germany.

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