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Japan eyes 6G lead with global standards backed by Toyota, others

Exclusive: Public-private effort aims to set data speeds for fields like self-driving cars

Sixth-generation wireless is expected to debut in the 2030s and allow services like fully automated driving and remote surgery. (Photo by Mizuho Miyazaki)

TOKYO -- Toyota Motor, NEC and other Japanese companies will join a government-backed group to propose technological requirements for sixth-generation wireless communications, Nikkei has learned, aiming to gain an early edge in development.

Expected to debut in the 2030s, 6G is envisioned as more than 10 times faster than the fifth-generation wireless in use now, enabling services like fully automated driving and remote surgery that require rapid, high-volume data transmission with minimal lag.

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