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‘I’m pleased it is being used for people’s safety’: QR code inventor relishes its role in tackling Covid

Masahiro Hara came up with black and white pattern to optimise inventory in automotive industry

The eureka moment that helped Masahiro Hara perfect the Quick Response, or QR code, sprang from a lunchtime game of Go more than a quarter of a century ago.

He was playing the ancient game of strategy at work when the stones arranged on the board revealed the solution to a problem troubling the firm’s clients in Japan’s car industry – and which is now being repurposed as a weapon in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

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