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Japanese companies try to ease congestion with technology

In a trial aimed at easing Jakarta's traffic jams, motorcycles are banned from one of the city's major thoroughfares.

JAKARTA/BANGKOK/TOKYO -- Japanese companies are helping Southeast Asian cities ease traffic congestion, which looks set to get worse if nothing is done. 

     Toyota Motor spent 15 million yen ($127,215) and teamed up with 23 of its local group companies and the Japanese government to try to reduce traffic jams at a busy central Jakarta intersection.

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