Both Gizmodo and Slashdot are discussing this grand project:
Japanese researchers in robot technology are advocating a grand project, under which the government would spend 50 billion yen a year over three decades to develop a humanoid robot with the mental, physical and emotional capacity of a 5-year-old human.
Governments don't undertake these grand projects anymore. It's reminiscent of the U.S. space program in the sixties. Which subsequently reminded me of that West Wing episode in which the president decides they can cure cancer in ten years.