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Japan Inc. finds advantage in consumers' new fear of touching

Electronics sector's advanced sensors make their way into brand-new products

Employees at At NEC's Tokyo headquarters can now get through the facial-recognition-equipped security wickets without having to take off their masks. Sunglasses and hats are OK, too.

TOKYO -- With the coronavirus pandemic making consumers squeamish about using their fingers, some Japanese companies are rushing solutions to market.

Electronics maker NEC plans to start selling security wickets that can recognize people wearing masks. Fujitec wants to allow elevator passengers to communicate their floor selections with hand signals. Sensor manufacturer Optex intends to do something similar for people who need to open a door. And Toshiba Tec is out to reinvent the much-smudged restaurant menu.

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