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AI, IoT top Japan R&D chiefs' priority lists

Big spenders often seeking to make up for lost time

TOKYO -- Japanese corporations hold the highest expectation for artificial intelligence and the internet of things when it comes to fields for investment, a Nikkei survey shows -- areas where many got off to a slow start.

Research and development chiefs at 307 major companies rated technological areas on a five-point scale. AI received the top average score of 4.5, followed by the internet of things at 4.4. Robots/drones and new materials shared third place at 4.1 points. The rating for AI topped the result from the previous poll.

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