Media: Japan considers banning the export of robots and artificial intelligence

Japan is considering restricting exports of advanced technologies used in artificial intelligence and robotics, the Nikkei Review reported on Monday.

The article quoted Japanese government sources as saying that although Japan has laws restricting the flow of some sensitive technologies abroad, they are mainly dual-use products that can be used for nuclear weapons, missiles, and biological and chemical weapons; in addition, some widely used advanced technologies are not included. , such as AI and robotics. The relevant decree may be promulgated in 2020.

Japan may also consider measures to prevent technology from leaking to third parties when Japanese universities and other local partners conduct joint research, the report noted.

Japanese stocks edged higher on Monday after Japan’s first-quarter gross domestic product unexpectedly surged.

Data show that Japan’s real GDP in the first quarter was 2.1% quarter-on-quarter, expected to be -0.2%. The previous value was revised down from 1.9% to 1.6%. However, exports in the first quarter fell by 2.4% month-on-month, the largest drop since the second quarter of 2015; imports fell by 4.6% month-on-month, the largest drop since the first quarter of 2009.

At the close on Monday, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.24% to 21301.73 points; the Topix closed up 0.04% to 1554.92 points.

Shares of Japanese tech companies fell. Tokyo Electron fell 3.1%, Sony fell 0.5% and Toshiba fell 1%. Yaskawa Electric, the world’s leading maker of Industrial Robots, fell 5.7 percent.

Chip company Infineon opened down 1.47% in Germany on Monday, and as of press time, the decline expanded to 3.4% to 17.36 euros.

Media: Japan considers banning the export of robots and artificial intelligence
Chip company Infineon

Infineon is the world’s leading semiconductor technology company with sales of 7.6 billion euros as of fiscal year 2018. Its products mainly cover semiconductors in the automotive field and high-power semiconductors for industrial applications. In November last year, Japanese auto parts supplier DENSO acquired a partial stake in Infineon for tens of millions of euros, but did not disclose the exact amount.

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