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Japan has too many elderly and not enough young people to staff all the nursing homes and care units in hospitals, so they have a program that brings in thousands of Philipino and Indonesian workers just for that purpose.  The two women in these photographs helping the elderly at the permanent care unit are:.KUSUMAWATI (Last Name), Ratri.NURZAKIHA (Last Name), Nunur .This is the hospital that has the robotic legs and the immigrant workers are being brought in for the same reason the robotics people are working on solutions for lonely elderly.  All of these robotics folks developing robots for elderly talk about studies showing that more and more elderly are isolated and have no one to relate to... In 2009 it was 19 percent of the elderly population of Japan.  They have a word for it:  "Kodokushi" or "lonely death.".