Japan enacts high-tech 'super city' bill

National May 27, 2020

Japan enacts high-tech 'super city' bill

The Diet enacted a bill Wednesday to create "super cities" where artificial intelligence, big data and other technologies are utilized to resolve social problems. The bill revising the national strategic special zone law passed the House of Councilors by a majority vote with support mainly ...

Coronavirus 'tracing' by smartphone: A key to reopening society?

World Apr 15, 2020

Coronavirus 'tracing' by smartphone: A key to reopening society?

Can an app contain the pandemic? Interest is growing in smartphone technology as a potential key to ending lockdowns and reopening economies around the world. Digital "contact tracing" would allow mobile systems to log instances where people have been in proximity with an infected person ...

National Mar 11, 2020

Japan's government adopts bill to tighten rules on personal data

The government on Tuesday adopted a bill requiring companies to obtain consent from users when handing over personal data, such as internet browsing history, to third parties. The bill, approved at a Cabinet meeting, requires consent when it is clear that the data can be ...