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Japan to certify big-data providers to drive innovation

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TOKYO -- The Japanese government will begin certifying companies and organizations that gather and compile various kinds of information and offer them as useful data for product development and other purposes.

The so-called big-data banks, which will likely qualify for tax breaks, will make consolidated data available to corporations and research institutions. The government hopes that the sharing of data will lead to creation of new businesses and improvements in productivity.

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