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Panasonic Corp. said Wednesday that it has developed a nursing-care robot that helps the elderly walk or get out of bed.

Osaka-based Panasonic said it plans to start the sale of the robots to hospitals and nursing-care facilities in the business year starting in April 2016.

Panasonic plans to sell the unit at less than 1 million yen ($9,200), company officials said.

The major electrical appliance manufacturer will also consider selling the robots for home use.

Panasonic also plans to launch the sale in the 2016 business year of a new electronic system to remotely monitor the respiratory rate and body movements of a person in bed.

It expects the robots and monitoring system to achieve annual sales of 5 billion yen in the 2020 business year.

Panasonic said it plans to enter the nursing-care business and is set to launch home care services, the sales and leasing of nursing-care equipment, and condominiums with a nursing service.

It aims at 200 billion yen in annual sales of such elderly care products and services all together in the 2025 business year.

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