An employee demonstrates Sharp's Home Assistant smart robot prototype at the company's booth at the CEATEC Japan 2017 exhibition in Chiba, Japan. CEATEC is an information technology and electronics trade show. Photo: Bloomberg

Counter intelligence: Japan brings out the bazooka in AI war with China

Billions of yen in public investment could help firms innovate, but analysts say the nation may never catch up with China and the US, global tech leaders that show no signs of slowing down

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An employee demonstrates Sharp's Home Assistant smart robot prototype at the company's booth at the CEATEC Japan 2017 exhibition in Chiba, Japan. CEATEC is an information technology and electronics trade show. Photo: Bloomberg
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.