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Japan syncing up with US, Germany on 'internet of things'

TOKYO -- Japan will soon partner with U.S. companies and the German government to create international standards for the "internet of things," laying the ground for the three nations to work together to bring the nascent technology to the mainstream.

Japan's IoT Acceleration Consortium will swap memorandums of understanding with two American groups in October, kicking off practical work such as tech experiments. The Japanese body brings together the communications ministry and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, along with more than 2,000 domestic and foreign companies such as Toyota Motor and Hitachi. The American contingent includes the Industrial Internet Consortium, founded by such industrial giants as General Electric and Intel.

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