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Virus-fighting tech becomes central to Japan's smart-city vision

Drone delivery, self-driving buses and facial recognition payments featured in plan

The coronavirus has spurred interests in making communities "smarter" through the introduction of technology.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- As the Japanese government moves forward with its promotion of smart cities, the ruling party seeks to turn this marriage of technology and infrastructure toward combating pandemics.

The Liberal Democratic Party envisions using data from antibody testing to publish information on how infections are distributed geographically. The condition of patients with mild or no symptoms could be monitored with wearable devices and made freely accessible to the public. Broader use of telemedicine is in the proposal as well.

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