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Murata President Murata poses with his company's bicycle-riding robot "Murata Seisaku-kun" after an interview in Chiba

Murata Manufacturing Co Ltd President Tsuneo Murata poses with his company's bicycle-riding robot "Murata Seisaku-kun" after an interview with Reuters on the sidelines of CEATEC JAPAN 2012 electronics show in Chiba, east of Tokyo, October 2, 2012. Anti-Japanese sentiment in China, falling prices and growing competition from a South Korean rival are just a few of the challenges faced by Murata, which supplies Apple Inc with components for its iPhone 5. But even with those challenges, Murata, said on Tuesday the company is forecasting stronger demand from smartphone makers in the July to September quarter and that its factories were operating at full capacity. To match Interview MURATA-INTERVIEW/ REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: TRANSPORT BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

Rise of the robots