Robots in Tokyo have been programmed to work in the country's fast-food industry.
SV & CU INTERIOR Kitchen staff slice raw fish and prepare rice (4 shots)
SCU Robot machine prepares rice patties and drops topping into Sushi (5 shots)
SV & SCU Chef adds raw fish to Sushi (2 shots)
SV& SCUs Robot machine makes rolled Sushi (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR Chef prepares Sushi in traditional manner for customers
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Background: Robots in Tokyo have been programmed to work in the country's fast-food industry. It takes years of practice to become a fully-fledged master Sushi-maker. Pieces of raw fish and horse radish have to be carefully-placed on top of a pattie of vinegared rice. Highly-trained chefs can usually turn out about 10 Sushi a minute. The robot can make twice that amount. Before serving a customer recently, a human attendant gave the Sushi a final personal touch. Robots first appeared in the business at the end of last year to meet the increasing demand for fast food. They have also been programmed to make Makizushis -- rolled Sushi with dried seaweed. The robots are cheaper than chefs -- but cannot provide the human touch for the customer who wants it.