Japan Sets Aside 100 Billion Yen for Robotics and Innovation Research Programs

From artificial human hibernation tech, to avatars and cyborgs, Japan's government will support the selected research program.
Fabienne Lang
Pepper, the Japanese humanoid robotVTT Studio/iStock

Cyborg technology to assist human bodily functions in the elderly, technology that purely focuses on eliminating waste from our environment and artificial human hibernation are all on the list of 25 potential programs to be supported by the Japanese government.

The government has put aside 100 billion Yen (or $921 million) with the pure focus of assisting and funding the winning project during its first five years

Research proposals will revolve around the projects created to improve life on Earth. The research proposals are extended to those from Japan as well as outside of the nation. 


Tokyo's support for ambitious scientific growth

Japan is set on addressing critical issues around the world, but specific to Japan, in this case, are its aging population and low birth rates. 

Japan Sets Aside 100 Billion Yen for Robotics and Innovation Research Programs
Historic population of Japan (1940-2010) from quinquennial census results. Population projection (2011-2060) from National Institute of Population and Social Security Research (IPSS) Population Projections for Japan (January 2012), based on a medium-fertility assumption, where the age of marriage and the proportion of those who never marry increases while the total fertility rate decreases to 1.35 in 2060. Source: Jon McDonald/Wikimedia Commons

The programs encompass a wide range of technological pursuits and advancements to improve environmental conservation and human life expectancy and comfort. 

Each project has specific and different deadlines, depending on how critical they are deemed by the Asian nation. These range from 2035 all the way up to 2060. 

The research proposals may begin as early as the end of this year. 

Some of the research programs Japan will be funding

As Japan has a shortage of labor, one of the projects will seek to develop technologies to fully automate specific jobs, specifically within the forestry, agricultural and fisheries industries, as well as on construction sites. This program's deadline is 2040

Japan Sets Aside 100 Billion Yen for Robotics and Innovation Research Programs
Rice terraces in Japan. Source: DeltaWorks/Pixabay

One of the goals for 2050 is targeting environmental issues by creating a recycling system for all emissions and wastes generated by industrial activities.

Hand in hand with the aforementioned focus is Japan's ambitious goals to assist in the eradication of pollution on our planet by 2050, and one of the ways it plans on doing this is by building technologies that can pick up all plastic waste from our oceans. 

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