I’m pretty sure the Japanese will not be content until the world is exactly like either an ’80s Saturday morning cartoon or humanity is being hunted across a post-apocalyptic wasteland by enormous cutesy mechs.
Either way, this obsession sometimes yields awesome fruit. Like, say, the exoskeletons they want to stick firefighters and paramedics into.
To be fair, this isn’t just because Japan thinks robots are neat. Which they do. It’s because Japan is regularly the victim of all sorts of natural disasters that tend to trigger worse reactions. Think the tsunami and earthquake, which sucked, promptly triggering a freaking nuclear disaster last year.
The exoskeleton is designed to deal with that. It’s radiation-shielded with tungsten. Heavy tools can be attached to the legs, allowing workers to lug heavy duty equipment with relative ease. It even has a cooling system to reduce the risk of heatstroke.
Unfortunately, it does not come with missiles, chain guns, or kung-fu grip action, although really, once you get to the fact that it’ll keep you cool and protect you from radiation, what more do you want?