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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.

Almost three decades on and it's time for a new battery technology as Japan's industry is being called on to build storage devices for electric vehicles as well as those needed to make renewable energy sources like the wind and sun dependable.

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