Japan, unlike the West, is not scared of robots stealing jobs, deputy leader says – Japan’s labor force do not mind robots in factories because they’re seen as a source of help, Japanese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Taro Aso said.

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Japanese researchers have mapped vast reserves of rare earth elements in deep-sea mud, enough to feed global demand on “semi-infinite basis.” The deposit, found within Japan’s exclusive economic zone waters, contains more than 16 million tons of elements needed to build high-tech products.

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