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Japan’s legions of robots, the world’s largest fleet of mechanized workers, are having a tough time finding work as the country suffers its deepest recession in more than a generation. Here, robots work on new vehicles at a Nissan plant in Japan.

Yaskawa Electric's industrial robots in Tokyo. Many robots are now being idled or returned as more manufacturers cut back on production, dealing a blow to the robotics industry.

The recession has also injected a dose of reality into Japan’s humanoid robotics projects. Here, a robot washes a cup during a demonstration at Tokyo University.

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I thought robots where immune from this Brownturn? It appears that even our mechanical friends are being laid off just like their human counterparts.

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You can just imagine an unemployed, dishevelled-looking robot begging in a shop doorway "Spare us a drop of oil, guv?"

Edited by Dave Spart

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Ying Wok Sun had worked in the finishing section of the Toyota plant in

Kyoto for twelve years before being made redundant. Presently, Ying Wok

is located in the canteen storeroom where he does some light dusting, when

required and receives a monthly oil change.

"I thought I had a job for life," he said to our reporter. "Now I'm on anti-depressants."


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