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Japan turns to AI, drones in war on smuggling

Pre-Olympics testing will put eyes in the sky and automate airport screenings

A search-and-rescue drone at a ski resort in Hokkaido. Other drones may soon find smugglers on the seas near Japan.

TOKYO -- The Japanese ministry overseeing customs will begin field tests of artificial intelligence and drones in fiscal 2017 to help cut down on smuggling, aiming to fully introduce such technology ahead of the 2020 Olympics here.

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