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Japan aims to produce 250,000 AI experts a year

Mandatory college course to ease severe shortage of data scientists

AI experts will be essential to unlock findings from big data for product development. (Photo by Rimi Inomata)

TOKYO -- Japan will seek to increase the development of talent proficient in artificial intelligence to 250,000 people a year, up from just a few thousand today, according to a government plan laid out Friday.

All students enrolled in universities and technical schools will be mandated to take a beginner AI course, based on a draft proposal released at a cabinet-level innovation panel.

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