Forget Child's Play, Japanese Toy Makers Target Adults
By MARK LITKE
TOKYO, Nov. 2, 2006 — The future of the Japanese toy industry could be in the home of Katsumi and Sumiko Ishikura, ages 77 and 65, in the outskirts of Tokyo.
These retirees are big fans of a new line of robotic, computerized dolls that respond to voice and touch with hundreds of programmed responses such as, "You look wonderful today," or "Have you been eating well?" and "It's so nice to be with you."
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