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Japan steps up deployment of defense AI and robots

Plans include Global Hawk drone and unmanned submarine

The American-made Global Hawk unmanned plane. Japan plans to deploy it in a few years. (Photo provided by U.S. Air Force)   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan is joining the international race to add artificial intelligence and drones to its defense capabilities, driven by a need to deploy its forces more effectively as population decline thins their ranks.

The coming years will see Japan acquire or develop a number of unmanned vehicles for surveillance, government plans show.

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