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Could this be the future of driving? In a rare world first for Japan and its car industry, the country is setting the pace for self-driving technology.   © Illustration by Chuan Ming Ong
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ERI SUGIURA, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- Do you hate driving in traffic jams? Ever longed to read a book, check email or watch a video instead of looking at the car ahead of you inching along into perpetuity, surrounded by honking, lane-grabbing aggression, wasting hours of your day that could be spent on something -- anything -- else?

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