Home robots wanted by most Japanese women


As the average Japanese man does just the least amount of housework amongst the developed nations, perhaps that is one reason that this survey from iBridge Research Plus and reported on by japan.internet.com found that robotic home appliances were viewed favourably by many Japanese women.


On the 29th of June 2009 300 female members of the iBridge monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 19.3% of the sample were in their twenties, 38.3% in their thirties, 26.7% in their forties, 11.7% in their fifties, and 4.0% in their sixties.

Q1SQ1 asked about “domestic appliance robots” and “Robotic domestic appliances”; I think the difference that this is trying to highlight is a general purpose robotic helper (your very own personal ASIMO) versus a single-purpose item with autonomic actions, such as the Roomba cleaner.

Research results

Q1: Are you interested in domestic robots? (Sample size=300)

Yes (to SQ1)44.7%

Q1SQ1: Would you want domestic appliance robots or robotic domestic appliances to help you out with the housework? (Sample size=134)

Yes (to SQ2)74.6%
Can’t say either way21.6%

Q1SQ2: Did you already know about robotic vaccuum cleaners? (Sample size=100)


Q1SQ3: Would you want to buy a robotic vaccuum cleaner? (Sample size=100)

Already have one1.0%
Depending on price, would want to buy95.0%
Don’t want to buy4.0%
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