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はじめとする

mdchachi

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バーチャルリアリティーをはじめとする新しい未来を拓く

Google translates this as Opening up a new future including virtual reality
but wouldn't it be more accurate to say Opening up a new future starting with virtual reality ?
Not that I trust Google but I don't trust myself either...
 

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~をはじめとする is a fixed expression that's used when you're naming the thing listed as a representative or important example of the group. It doesn't necessarily literally need to mean "starting" (in a temporal sense) like 始める would, and often has a nuance closer to "(first and) foremost".

 
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