It seems there is no end to the capacity of the Japanese to come up with new inventions.
SV Technician mixes powder and water
SV Camera which takes still pictures without film
SV Minicar for the handicapped
SV Japanese queueing at national patent office (5 shots)
GV Dos exerciser (4 shots)
SV Machine teaching store employees correct bowing procedure
GV Fair scene for new Honda inventions
GV New four-wheel vehicle
GV Mechanical man toy for children (2 shots)
GV Rolling wheel
GV Workers welding in factory and general factory scene (2 shots)
SV TILT UP Robot pulling rickshaw
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Background: It seems there is no end to the capacity of the Japanese to come up with new inventions. They may not all be useful but at least they are entertaining. Some, however, do have their practical aspects -- like the camera which takes still pictures without a film and a minicar for the handicapped. Inventions are a popular Japanese pastime. Up to 20,000 patents are taken out each month. Three years ago, the Japanese devised a dog exerciser, now they have come up with a machine which teaches store employees how to bow to their customers correctly. The Honda company has sponsored a host of new ideas from its workers -- a four-wheel vehicle, a mechanical man toy for children and a rolling wheel. But perhaps the craziest idea for the last year had been the robot which obediently pulls a rickshaw.