- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The U.S. and Japan are heading for another showdown — with giant robots.

MegaBot USA issued a challenge to Japanese company Suidobashi Heavy Industry on June 30, and founder Kogoro Kurata accepted.

“We have a giant robot. You have a giant robot. You know what needs to happen,” said MegaBot USA in a video uploaded to its Facebook page. “We just finished tightening the last bolts on Mark II, America’s first fully functional giant piloted robot. And because we’re American, we’ve added really big guns.”

The American machine weighs in at 12,000 pounds “of gasoline-powered fury” and can fire 3-pound paintballs at over 100 miles per hour.

“My reaction? Come on guys, make it cooler. Just building something huge and sticking guns on it is … super American,” said CEO Kogoro Kurata, the technology website Engadget reported July 6.

Suidobashi Heavy Industry’s robot, the Kuratas, weighs 9,000 pounds and is 12 feet high.

“We can’t let another country win this. Giant robots are Japanese culture,” said Mr. Kurata, Engadget reported. “Yeah, I’ll fight. Absolutely.”

The giant robot showdown is tentatively scheduled to take place one year from now. An exact date and rules for the competition still need to be agreed upon.

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