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Multilingual robot test to start in Tokyo

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Multilingual reception robot ZUKKU is seen at the Tokyo metropolitan government office building on Thursday.

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A test of multilingual reception robots will start at the Tokyo metropolitan government office building next week, in anticipation of a rise in foreign tourists visiting the building toward the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in the Japanese capital.

Five robots that speak languages including English and Chinese were displayed at the metropolitan government office on Thursday.

After Gov. Yuriko Koike asked one of the robots in English whether there are any UNESCO World Heritage sites in Tokyo, the robot answered yes and cited the Ogasawara Islands.

In the test from Monday through the end of February, the robots will guide visitors in the metropolitan government office building, as well as provide tourist information.Speech

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    Multilingual reception robot Libra is seen at the Tokyo metropolitan government office building on Thursday.

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