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Oct 18, 2014 – Pictures: Japan Unveils Anti Loneliness Hugging Chair

There are times in everyone’s life when only a hug will do. Now one Japanese company has come up with a chair that’s always ready to give a comforting cuddle.

UniCare, a company in Japan has come out with a unique but rather strange invention – the hugging chair. The chair’ back is shaped like a giant human doll with a friendly face and long arms that can wrap around anyone who sits on it in an affectionate embrace, according to MSN News. The product sells for around $ 419.


“It makes you feel safe,” “Anyone can use it, but it is designed for older people.” – said a UniCare spokesperson.

Given that a quarter of Japan’s population is currently over the age of 65, and the number is expected to rise to 40 percent in coming decades, the tranquility chair as it is also called, is really quite apt for the Japanese market.

UniCare has rolled out similar products in recent times like the ‘Life Rhythm Dolls’ that are programmed to remind owners to take their medicine or go to the toilet.

“They are comforting for people who live alone – they can talk to them and hug them,” the spokesperson explained. “They also play old Japanese music, which is good for older people.”

Inspired by the studies of Professor Hidetata Sasaki, the hugging chair is designed to also help dementia patients or people suffering from anxiety, fear or uncontrollable relax.

[Tokyo, AFP]

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Latifah

    October 18, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    Dis is a very dumb concept if you must do this, why not invent a better looking doll. Not buying dis idea for a minute

  2. nkiru

    October 18, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Onwekwara ihe mmadu na agaru afuru ndi ocha

  3. Metu Nyetu

    October 18, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    I disagree wit Latifah & any oda pesn who reckons dis invention a dumb one. Rmemb dat d designer had d elderly in mind. Dis is exactly d kind of thing they cherish. And if 24% of Japan’s population is ova 65yrs, den it must hv taken an enterprising genuis 2 snatch out dis idea frm d air.

  4. D Hunter

    October 18, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    @ Nkiru, wat hv u just said? Bcz nt evrybdy here undstud Igbo.

  5. wafiboi

    October 18, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    wat of kissing and romancing abi those old people bodi na firewood

  6. omo sexy

    October 19, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    @Latifah, bcos u don’t like it does not give u the right to call it dumb concept. Y are we human being always luv to criticise our fellow human.

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