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Asia's innovation paradise is Japan

Nation trails only US in annual rankings

Sony's Aibo, left, and Qrio robots are symbols of the Japanese consumer electronics maker's high-tech prowess.

TOKYO -- Japan is a clear leader in Asia when it comes to innovative organizations, a report by the research company Clarivate Analytics has found.

The 2016 analysis focused on organizations such as companies, universities and governmental institutes that patented 100 or more new inventions in the past five years. It then came up with a list of 100 innovative companies around the globe, based on factors like the number of patents, the success rate of patent applications and influence on other innovations.

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