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Japanese science and technology policy

The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), part of the Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), has published a report on "Japanese Science and Technology Policy".

The report, part of the IPTS Technical Report Series, provides a privileged insight into Japan...
The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), part of the Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), has published a report on "Japanese Science and Technology Policy".

The report, part of the IPTS Technical Report Series, provides a privileged insight into Japan's new five-year science and technology plan announced in June 1996. The content is based on a study mission to Japan at the end of 1996, during which the new Japanese policy was explored through in-depth discussions with government offices, industrial associations, private companies, national laboratories and academics.

The main elements of this new policy are described, and placed within the context of a national vision of the sort of society which is desired for the 21st century. The main emphasis is on promoting basic research through public funding and on changing the way in which R&D is carried out in Japan.

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