METI and MHLW Have Formulated the 4 Priority Areas to Which Robot Technology is to be Introduced in Nursing Care of the Elderly, and METI and NEDO Will Launch a PPP of Robotics.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) have formulated the priority areas to which robot technology is to be introduced in nursing care of the elderly. Furthermore, METI and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) will launch a Public Private Partnership (PPP) on robotics in the priority eras and will promote the development and commercialization of such devices.
On November 22, 2012, as a part of “Rebirth of Japan” related projects, METI and MHLW have determined the following four areas and five items as priority areas for government support in order to further the development and commercialization of robotic devices for nursing care of elderly people.
1) Lifting aids
- Wearable devices using robot technology to provide power assistance to caregivers (e.g. power suit, robot exoskeleton)
- Non-wearable devices using robot technology providing power assistance to caregivers in lifting
2) Mobility aids
- Walking-aid devices to support elderly people walking outdoors and secure safe carrying of loads, etc.
- Adjustable position toilets, using robot technology for treating excrement
4) Monitoring system for people with senile dementia
- Monitoring system platform consisting of devices with sensors and communication functions using robot technology
Furthermore, METI and NEDO will organize a public and private partnership (PPP) next January for the purpose of facilitating private companies to develop and commercialize such devices within three to five years. The PPP will consist of METI, NEDO, MHLV and private companies aiming to develop the above robot devices. METI and NEDO hereby invite such companies to join the PPP.
November 22, 2012
Division in Charge
Industrial Machinery Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau