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Japan eyes U.S.-style defense research agency as tech race heats up

Institute modeled on DARPA would fund civilian projects in AI, drones

The DARPA logo is painted on the side of an autonomous ship developed by the Pentagon research agency.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's Ministry of Defense is considering establishing a new research body modeled on a U.S. agency to support civilian technology with military applications.

The ministry looks to launch the agency in fiscal 2024, targeting cutting-edge projects in artificial intelligence, quantum computing and drones.

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