Walking hand-in-hand with a robot in Japan
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'A robot is like a friend' in Japan

5 December 2010 Last updated at 01:32 GMT

Japan is pioneering robot technology to help make everyday life easier for people with disabilities.

Pioneering inventions include a robot guide for the blind, and robotic legs which can help disabled people stand up and walk.

The BBC's Roland Buerk reports from Osaka.