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David Guttenfelder Associated Press

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The popular science fiction of many cultures depicts the rise of robots as an ominous threat. But the Japanese have long portrayed robots as friends and heroes and embrace humanoid robot technology. Increasingly, the Japanese are looking to robotic solutions for society's needs. A Japanese company employee looks at an old painting of a robot trying to save Japan from a monster, hanging in a convention center in Tokyo on June 28, 2007.


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