Japan’s elderly are using exoskeleton to cope with retirement delays

The exoskeleton system is not only suitable for super-warriors, car assembly workers and paralysed people, but also helps older people do their daily work,media reported. Now, reports from New Scientist suggest that older Japanese use exoskeleton to help them get their jobs because they work longer than older people in many other countries.

Japan is currently one of the world’s most ageing countries. Japan has the highest proportion of people aged 65 and over of all countries, up from 26% in 2015, according to the U.S. Census Reference Bureau.

In response, many Japanese technology companies are producing exoskeleton kits to support older people with legs or arms. One such company, Innophys, has developed a backpack-like spacesuit that fills the pressure-filled aerodynamic “muscle” by squeezing the hand pump 30 times.

Japan's elderly are using exoskeleton to cope with retirement delays

The exoskeleton, which can lift 55 pounds, costs about $1,300.

Daigo Orihara, a spokesman for Innophys, told New Scientist: “A customer is a family business that produces and sells pickled radish and encounters a lot of heavy weight sin during the production process. My father is in his 70s and should have retired, but he’s still working in our muscle suit. “

Other similar suits include the electric Atoun Model Y from Panasonic, which costs $5,500 and can hold up to 22 pounds– as well as an exoskeleton suit from auto giant Toyota, the New Scientsit notes.

As the population ages, the demand for these exoskeletons is expected to increase. The Government is considering raising the retirement age from 60 to 70 to ensure an adequate workforce, the New Scientist notes.

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