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Southeast Asia 'smart cities' redesign roads and grids with Japan

Tokyo readies aid for ASEAN's 26 pilot regions, taking different approach from Beijing

Cars are seen stuck in a traffic jam on Rama IX Road in Bangkok. Easing traffic congestion is one of the most urgent tasks for Asian cities.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan will help build "smart cities" across Southeast Asia, using artificial intelligence and networked devices to tackle problems like road congestion and energy conservation.

The 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have drawn up a framework to develop environmentally friendly smart cities and have selected 26 locations for the program.

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