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SoftBank unit spreads SenseTime facial recognition tech in Japan

Chinese AI group's biggest outside investor helps roll out system at Wendy's

Three Tokyo outlets of U.S. hamburger chain Wendy's introduced a payment system that utilizes SenseTime's facial recognition technology on Wednesday. (Photo by Yuki Kohara)

TOKYO -- Use of Chinese artificial intelligence developer SenseTime Group's facial recognition technology is quietly on the rise in Japan, thanks to crucial support from affiliates of SoftBank Group.

In a trial starting on Wednesday, three Tokyo outlets of U.S. hamburger chain Wendy's will begin letting users pay for their orders using a system powered by SenseTime technology that has been licensed to a subsidiary of SoftBank's mobile unit.

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