I picked this up from a Slashdot article. The Japanese want their robots to act more like humans – is it due to less robot phobia, or more fear of outsiders and foreigners?
A Filipina nurse is cited as a hypothetical example. Would the Japanese prefer to spend time and effort developing humanoid robots, than let in foreign workers who can do the task?
Then again, Japanese tech companies do recruit Filipinos to work onsite on highly skilled tasks.