In the Japanese coastal city of Kensennuma, many homeless disaster victims of the tsunami that hit Japan last March are living in temporary houses put up in a baseball stadium.
To help the dislocated residents cope with their depression, they are now being offered therapeutic seal toys that respond to human touch, AFP/Relaxnews reports.
Called Paro, the furry, robotic seal fills in as a substitute for the pets that some residents lost in the tsunami, a housewife in Kensennuma told AFP/Relaxnews. Other residents benefit from maintaining communication.
The toy’s website says that Paro, which is supposed to look like a baby harp seal, is the “World’s Most Therapeutic Robot,” as designated by Guinness World Records.
Below is a video of a nursing home in the Fukushima Prefecture of Japan, where elderly residents are using Paro to cope with dislocation:
[via the Daily News]
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