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Japan is facing the challenges of shifting demographics with less people of working age entering the employment market. The country is increasingly looking to technology to take up the slack and support its citizens.

By 2025 the government plans to have autonomous check outs in selected stores. Customers will be able to have all their items priced at the one time. Solutions like these are vital as workforce numbers are expected to shrink.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry announced this week it will work with some of Japan’s most popular convenience stores to implement the new systems by the middle of the next decade.

Household chains in the country are already working with technology companies in this area. A robotic checkout system from Panasonic – Regi-Robo(TM) – was recently showcased at popular shopping chain Lawson.

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