Japanese robot police robots, which police officials say are “fiercely dedicated” to their duties, have been a fixture of Japan’s growing police force for decades.
But this week, Japan’s government announced plans to introduce a robot that will take over some of those duties.
The robot will have a “personality” and “loyalty” component to it, according to a statement from the Ministry of Justice, which said the robot will “be a robot with a personality, a person, and loyalty.”
The robot will be a combination of human and robot, and the police department plans to “improve the way the robot operates by adapting the human-robot relationship,” according to the statement.
The announcement came after a police robot, known as “Kamui,” was featured in the upcoming “Robots, Police Robots: The Story of Japan” by Japanese journalist Kazunori Kawamura.
In it, the robot takes on the role of a police officer, and uses its “personability” and loyalty to lead the public in a meeting.
Kamujis human-like characteristics are often referred to as “tough” and he’s also said to be able to handle a “high-stress situation.”
The story, however, seems to imply that the robot would be able better handle a high-stress scenario like a police shooting.
In reality, Kamui will be less capable at handling a high stress situation than a normal police officer.
Police are already using robots to enforce the law.
The robot in question, known by the code name of “Kanai,” has a “passion” component that allows it to use its “voice” to communicate with the public.
It can also use its voice to respond to “unreasonable” calls, according the ministry.
Police officers, however are not required to wear a helmet when operating Kamui.
In addition to the robot, police departments have also used robot officers to conduct searches, as well as patrol neighborhoods to catch criminals and prevent other crime.
The robots have also been used for security purposes, such as to check on children who have fallen or injured themselves, as the robots will be able “to assist the police in doing these types of operations,” according the statement from Japan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare.
While it’s not clear how the robots in question will perform the tasks of police officers, the Ministry’s statement suggests that they may be used as part of a wider system of “training” of police in the future.
“It will be an open-ended training program,” the statement said.