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Japan’s regional cities are taking a new approach to smart cities, which use digital technology to improve functionality and livability.
In the U.S. and China, which lead the field, people’s distrust of having personal information collected en masse is an obstacle to expanding smart cities. On the other hand, Japan is finding success in taking the opposite tack and making the provision of personal information optional.
Data is the lifeblood of smart cities, and new standards are developing in how data is handled.

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