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Microsoft to Boost AI Infrastructure Development in Japan with $2.9 Billion Investment

Microsoft is investing in AI infrastructure in various countries. Japan is the latest addition to the list of countries supported by Microsoft, which currently includes Germany, the UK, and Spain.

Microsoft has announced that it will invest $2.9 billion over the next two years to improve AI and cloud computing infrastructure in Japan. This is the largest investment in Microsoft’s 46-year history in Japan.

Microsoft has invested $3.45 billion in Germany, $2.1 billion in Spain, and $3.2 billion in the UK.

Microsoft will also expand its support for the Generative AI Accelerator Challenge (GENIAC), a program for generative AI innovation led by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

Microsoft has set a goal of training 3 million full-time and part-time workers across Japan in AI skills over the next three years. The Redmond giant previously announced that it will train 2 million AI apprentices in India by 2025.

Microsoft will expand its “Coding for Everyone” program to Japan, which trains women who want to enter AI careers. For experienced professionals, Microsoft offers specialized courses and reference architectures.

Microsoft is also establishing its first AI research lab with socio-economic priorities in Tokyo. Microsoft plans to provide a $10 million grant over the next five years to the University of Tokyo and its AI research partnership.

Microsoft will collaborate with the Japanese Cabinet Office to strengthen cybersecurity. This collaboration builds on Microsoft’s existing services, which currently protect thousands of Japanese organizations.

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