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Japan, Germany join forces on standardizing IoT innovations

Coordination could help Japanese companies export tech

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, at the CeBIT technology fair in Hannover, Germany, on March 20.

HANNOVER, Germany -- Japan and Germany agreed Monday to coordinate on international standards for the "internet of things" and artificial intelligence in a collaboration that could benefit Japanese technology companies.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe toured the CeBIT technology fair in Hannover with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and played up the booths of Japanese developers. Before the expo opened, the leaders signed the Hannover Declaration espousing bilateral cooperation in creating common standards for internet of things technology and next-generation vehicles. Other areas covered by the agreement on cutting-edge technologies include research and development, deregulation and cybersecurity.

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