Four leading Japanese robotic companies have joined forces to outcompete South Korea, which recently announced legislation to develop more robots for common household use. Although Japan has long led the world in robo technology, so called intellegent service robots have been slow to penetrate the average home. But some have high hopes, “We believe house hold robots will finally become common in the near future, within five years the number of robots will increase ten fold or more…”. According to the Associated Press the South Korean government aims to put a robot in every household by 2020, and has mobilized companies and scientists to help integrate robots into Korean society. Faced with low birth rates and long life spans both Japan and South Korea are turning to robots to replace workers.