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Toyota and Murata place Japan's bet on solid state batteries

China and South Korea dominate the global development of storage batteries

Toyota Motor's extra-small electric vehicle. Japanese companies face high hurdles in their efforts to catch up with Chinese and South Korean storage battery makers. (Photo by Kento Awashima)

TOKYO -- It was 1991 when Sony introduced the world to the first commercial lithium-ion battery, which would go on to revolutionize personal electronics.

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