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Asia's AI talent pool broadens, except in Japan

Fewer and less diverse experts put national competitiveness at risk

TOKYO -- Asia is evolving into a popular home of artificial intelligence experts with China leading the way, but Japan has proved to be an outlier as its talent pool falls behind the world's smaller economies in both size and quality.

Canadian startup Element AI found that there were 22,400 people worldwide it regarded as top talent in its annual report on people working in the AI field. Nearly half, 10,295, were in the U.S. China was second with 2,525, followed by the U.K. with 1,475, Germany with 935 and Canada with 815. Japan, despite being the world's third-largest economy, placed sixth at just 805, or 3.6% of the total. The figures were derived from surveying the number of authors who published papers at international conferences in 2018, analyzing their careers and breaking down the distribution by location.

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