High-tech Tokyo tops list of world's most innovative cities
By Adela Suliman
LONDON, Aug 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tokyo topped a list of the world's most innovative cities on Friday, leapfrogging London and New York after embracing the "globe-shaking trends of robotics and 3D manufacturing".
"What really surprised us this year was the resurgence of Tokyo, moving up to eclipse rival cities like Boston," said Christopher Hire, director of commercial data provider 2thinknow, which publishes the annual ranking.
"They showed clear direction by embracing smart technology change to lead innovation and leadership in what we have identified as the twin long-term globe-shaking trends of robotics and 3D manufacturing."
San Francisco and New York both made the top five, while smaller U.S. cities such as San Diego, Portland and Oakland featured highly, demonstrating their attractiveness to tech companies priced out of the San Francisco Bay Area.
"We found on a population-adjusted basis many small cities are punching above their weight. It's the year of big cities with physical networks and small cities with digital networks," said Hire in a statement.
Japan has built a reputation as an early adopter of new technologies.
It recently launched facial recognition technology ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and has invested in artificial intelligence for vehicles, hospitals and financial services. (Reporting by Adela Suliman, Editing by Claire Cozens. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women's rights, trafficking, property rights, climate change and resilience. Visit http://news.trust.org)
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