Facial recognition and other smart city technologies could be rolled out more quickly in Japan over the coming months, after the country’s parliament approved an update to existing legislation to reduce regulatory burdens and complexity, Cities Today reports.
The bill to amend the National Strategic Special Zones Law support’s Japan’s Super City vision, which is based on a centralized data-sharing platform, or ‘city operating system.’ The amendment was brought forward last year, but sent for revision before its recent approval. Japan has also made related legal changes that could speed contribute to the adoption of smart city services, such as telemedicine, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.