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Japan opens its biggest exhibition on high technology

Japan's biggest high-tech exhibition opened on Tuesday, featuring electric vehicles using next-generation information technology, with Japan's largest automaker Toyota Motor Corp. joining the event for the first time.

A total of 624 companies and groups, including 161 from overseas, have registered to showcase their products and technologies, although 22 Chinese firms have canceled their participation in the event amid heightening anti-Japan sentiment in China over a territorial dispute, organisers said.

Around 2,290 booths opened at the five-day CEATEC Japan exhibition at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo, the organisers said.

Among automakers, Toyota is displaying its 'Smart Insect' single-passenger, compact electric vehicle.

The prototype vehicle is equipped with technologies such as motion sensors, voice recognition and behavior prediction systems.

Nissan Motor Co., one of the front-runners in the electric vehicle market, is exhibiting several models including a prototype of its 'Nissan New Mobility Concept,' an ultra-compact, two-seat vehicle, while demonstrating an automated driving system which can be operated using a smartphone.

Meanwhile, struggling Japanese electronics makers are exhibiting ultra high-definition liquid crystal display televisions with which they aim to revive their loss-making TV business amid sluggish demand.

The organisers aim to draw around 200,000 visitors this year. The last day will be open to the public for free.
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