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Israeli medical startups beat a path to aging Japan

Rising investment drives spread of innovations like smartphone urinalysis

Tel Aviv startup is promoting a smartphone-linked urinalysis kit, depicted in this graphic from its website.

TOKYO -- Israeli startups are targeting the medical market in Japan, home to one of the world's fastest-aging societies.

The sliver of the Middle East has emerged as a hotbed of autonomous driving and cybersecurity technologies. Now, backed by government-driven investment, young companies are zeroing in on health care. And many of them see Japan as a lucrative destination after the U.S., the world's biggest medical market.

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