Care robots in Japanese elderly care

Cultural values in focus

Authored by: Nobu Ishiguro

The Routledge Handbook of Social Care Work Around the World

Print publication date:  January  2018
Online publication date:  December  2017

Print ISBN: 9781472479457
eBook ISBN: 9781315612805
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315612805-19

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Abstract

The utilization of care robots has been proposed in many countries to help older people live independently. Technological solutions are considered breakthroughs for the challenges a steadily ageing society faces. Robots, however, are often controversial and generate anxiety concerning future elderly care. While most medical and health tools and technologies have been widely accepted and are relatively uncontroversial, robots and other automation care technologies are considered exceptions (Coeckelbergh, 2015). However, modern technological development means more advanced technologies will continue to enter the care sector, potentially greatly affecting care work.

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