"The issuance of the world's first safety standard for personal care robots will allow companies to ramp up their robotic activities," Mr Segawa adds.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, which had long focused on aiding companies develop robotics technologies, has also started from last year to offer subsidies to companies to help with the costs of installing the robots. Eventually, it hopes the price of service robots in Japan will fall below $1,000.
But not all companies have shared Mr Abe's enthusiasm. Long-time industry watchers worry the interest in robots will fade again once the 2020 Olympics are over, and that companies will shut down their robotics division when economic conditions deteriorate.
Yaskawa Electric, which has been working on care robots for two decades, says prices will continue to be an obstacle in Japan. It is preparing to launch its robotic device for leg rehabilitation in China by next spring.
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"We're not optimistic at all. The Japanese market will no doubt expand, but it won't be overnight," Yaskawa said. "That's why we'll go overseas."
Japan's robotic boom
For two years and two months, a team of 15 employees at Murata Manufacturing quietly huddled to work on a secret project.
The veil was finally lifted last month as the electronics components maker showcased its latest invention: cheer-leading robots.
The compact "girl" robots in red dresses join a long list of Japan's quirky and mascot-like gadgetry inventions: Sony's Aibo dog; Honda Motor's dancing humanoid robot Asimo; and most recently Softbank's Pepper, a robot designed to recognize and respond to human emotions. Murata's launch also comes at a time when Japan is enjoying another of its cyclical – and often ephemeral – robotics booms. SoftBank will start selling Pepper for Y198,000 ($1,820) from next year while Panasonic will also market robots to assist the elderly with walking from 2016.
But for the Kyoto-based electronic components maker, robots are not about making money.
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"The objective is to demonstrate the company's identity. We're a parts maker but we wanted people to know the value of our electronic components," said Yuichi Kojima, Murata executive.
Murata Manufacturing is not a household name such as Sony and Panasonic, but its components are found in Apple and Samsung phones, cars, rice cookers, televisions and thermometers.
Though normally shy of the spotlight, robots are one of Murata's few publicity stints. Its bicycle-riding Murata Boy first came out in 1991,followed by a second model in 2005 and a unicycle-riding Murata Girl in 2008.
In its latest invention, a pack of 10 cheer-leading robots balance on balls to move around and dance. The three gyro sensors installed in each robot allows it to balance itself and the technology can be used to stabilize images for digital cameras and to prevent car skidding.
Other sensors and ultrasonic microphones used in the robots help them to move in synchronization. The robots also avoid bumping into each other using a communication module, a technology Murata hopes to use to prevent cars from colliding.
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Murata said the cheer-leading robots were developed for its 70th anniversary to symbolize its transition from simply being a components maker to a company providing solutions in new business areas such as cars and healthcare.
But in spite of their cute appearance, Mr Kojima emphasizes the robots are not for sale.