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An 18-metre (60-foot) ‘Gundam’ robot that can walk and move its arms was unveiled in Japan on Monday amid hopes that it will help invigorate tourism hit by COVID-19.Image Credit: AFP

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The robot is modelled after a figure in ‘Mobile Suit Gundam’, a Japanese cartoon first launched in the late 1970s about enormous battle robots piloted by humans.Image Credit: AFP

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A Gundam robot is displayed during sunset at the Gundam factory in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture.Image Credit: AFP

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The series spawned multiple spin-offs and toys and gained a worldwide following.Image Credit: AFP

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A Gundam robot is displayed at the Gundam factory in Yokohama.Image Credit: AFP

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It will be the centrepiece of the Gundam Factory Yokohama, a tourist attraction that opens on Dec. 19 in the port city.Image Credit: AFP

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‘I hope this will lead to stimulating tourism demand and revitalising local areas,’ Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told a news conference.Image Credit: AFP

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‘Of course, we now have the coronavirus issue.Image Credit: AFP

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A Gundam robot is displayed at the Gundam factory in Yokohama.Image Credit: AFP

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I want people to tackle endeavours like this while making an effort to prevent the spread of infection.’

Source: gulfnews.com