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Small Japanese towns look to lead world in smart-city tech

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Major Japanese companies are contributing to the development of smart cities in Japan, like this project in the city of Susono in Shizuoka Prefecture, seen here in an artist's rendering.

TOKYO -- Japan's regional cities are taking a new approach to smart cities, which use digital technology to improve functionality and livability.

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