So far, only British and American robots are in action. Companies such as Qinetiq (UK) and iRobot (US) have been flexing their robot's muscles on the scene. Some of the robots currently deployed in Fukushima are pictured above (taken from BBC <link here>).
Premature cancellation of developments of rescue robots have been a problem:
The central government initially contributed ¥3 billion in subsidies for the robot project but its funding did not last long and the development process was halted before any units were perfected for actual use.
An official of the Manufacturing Science and Technology Center, which was in charge of the development at that time, said, "There was a strong sense among us that those types of robot would never have a real-life chance to flex their muscles."
Some prototype robots developed in the process have been put on display at Sendai Science Museum. A museum employee said of the halted development initiative, "It was like stopping premium payments for a nonrefundable insurance policy."