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Rise of 5G pushes Japanese companies to pick alliances

Partnerships with carriers and across industries aim to ensure survival

A highway in central Tokyo. 5G has been described as becoming a fundamental infrastructure much like the highway or a high-speed train, with the potential to change businesses.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- With superfast fifth-generation wireless poised to transform the business world, Japanese companies are seeking partners in the telecom industry and elsewhere to make the most of the technology and avoid being left behind.

"5G will be basic infrastructure for industry in the 21st century," Communications Minister Masatoshi Ishida said Wednesday after the government approved investment plans by Japan's three top wireless companies and newcomer Rakuten. 5G will rival the bullet train and highway networks in importance, Ishida predicted.

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