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Atlanta-based GE Energy has entered a joint venture with Fuji Electric Holdings Co. Ltd. to produce, sell and service new electric meters in Japan.

The venture, known as GE Fuji Meter Co. Ltd., will use GE smart-meter technology and Fuji’s established sales network.

The meters will help utilities and customers better monitor energy usage and more easily integrate renewable energy forms into the grids. Japan, an island country, is focused on conserving energy and reducing dependence on foreign sources.

Leaders finalized the deal Feb. 1. The venture will be led by Daniel Nakano, who will serve as its president and representative director, as well as chief operating officer, according to a news release.

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As managing editor of Global Atlanta, Trevor has spent 15+ years reporting on Atlanta’s ties with the world. An avid traveler, he has undertaken trips to 30+ countries to uncover stories on the perils...