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UK and Japan to collaborate on £30m tech programme

British and Japanese researchers are set to work together on medical research, robotics and data use projects as part of a new partnership between the two countries.

A total of £30 million will initially be injected into a programme to fund joint projects, the prime minister’s office announced on 10 January. The areas supported will include: the development of robotic systems to help elderly people live independently; treatments for chronic conditions such as heart failure; and more sustainable forms of transport and energy storing solutions. The two countries are also expected to look at how businesses and innovators can use big data “legally, ethically and safely”.

The announcement was made on the day that the prime minister Theresa May met her Japanese counterpart Shinzō Abe in London to discuss bilateral opportunities after Brexit. May and Abe are also expected to agree to collaborate on the development of defence technologies including missiles and autonomous systems.

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