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Japan to Develop Robots for Use in Nuclear Accidents

Japan is developing a robotic suit for aged farmers to assist them in laborious activities such as harvesting and tending crops. Japan has been manufacturing robots for therapeutic and industrial purposes. Paro, the therapeutic robot, was utilized in nursing homes and hospitals in Japan and other foreign countries.

The U.S. Department of Defense has purchased over 3,500 PackBots to identify and deactivate bombs in countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq. Tokyo Electric Power took the help of American Talon and Packbot robots to enter the high radiation regions of the No. 1 nuclear power plant at Fukushima.

The small and easy-to-handle Quince robot, made in Japan, was sent into operations only in May. Following this, Team Nippon, a robotic truck built with a camera worked in sync with Talon's GPS mapping function to assess the level of gamma radiation was also deployed.

Robots manufactured by other foreign countries, which are capable of handling radioactive debris include the Swedish Brokk demolition robots and robot Bobcat loaders. These robots will be used for breaking up and lifting huge chunks of radio-active debris.

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