FOCUS: Japan may be buffeted by China in digital field amid economic slump

As China likely became the only major country to achieve positive economic growth in 2020 amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, fears are mounting that Japan will lag further behind the world’s second-largest economy in digital technology. Some foreign affairs experts have adopted an optimistic view on China’s rise in the digital field, saying it would provide commercial opportunities for Japanese companies, many of which have been bolstering their business relations with Chinese firms. Others, however, have warned that unless Japan makes serious efforts to promote its own digital competency as…

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