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New rules to speed AI-based medicine in Japan

Clear line to be drawn between machines' role and doctors' responsibility

Artificial intelligence tools could soon help spot signs of disease, though responsibility for diagnosing illness will remain with doctors.

TOKYO -- Japan will create comprehensive rules governing the use of artificial intelligence in medical equipment, aiming to speed the deployment of tools that can improve accuracy and efficiency in a health care system burdened by an aging population.

The ministry of health will draw up guidelines this fiscal year for evaluating the safety and efficacy of AI-based medical equipment.

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