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EU enlists Japan to help establish AI safeguards

European Commission VP also voices concern over Chinese 'debt traps'

The European Union hopes to prevent the rise of killer robots, and it wants Japan to help. (Getty Images)

TOKYO -- The European Union is seeking Japan's cooperation on setting rules for artificial intelligence, potentially covering everything from privacy to preventing the creation of killer robots, European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen told Nikkei in an exclusive interview.

Japan and the EU have already signed an economic partnership agreement, but they have elected to continue a ministerial dialogue on industry and trade. Katainen attended the first of these talks recently with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko.

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