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China's 'corona tech' takes hold across Japan and ASEAN

Use of VR shopping systems and non-contact thermometers heats up

Juria Koike of TechanaLye, a high-technology teardown specialist, and non-contact thermometers.

TOKYO -- New technologies adopted in China to cope with the coronavirus pandemic are rapidly finding a home in Japan, such as virtual reality systems that enable stores to create three-dimensional tours.

"We tried to create a realistic environment online to advise customers about equipment and other services," said Yutaka Nakamura, managing director at Sports CV in Chiba Prefecture, in reference to adopting a VR system developed by Chinese startup 3DNest.

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