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Japanese companies switch to 'software-driven' business models

Traditional manufacturers turn to higher tech to find new sources of value

Toyota Motor is constructing the futuristic Woven City not far from Mount Fuji. (Image courtesy of the company)

TOKYO -- New approaches to software are driving a wave of change with the potential to overturn conventional wisdom in manufacturing. How well will Japanese industry be able to respond to "software-defined everything" (SDx), the software-driven transformation of all kinds of goods and services?

Woven City, a futuristic city being constructed by Toyota Motor, sits not far from Mount Fuji, boasting a marvelous view of the mountain's glistening white peak.

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