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Japanese research leaders warn about national science decline

Japanese research leaders warn about national science decline | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Concern mounts over budget cuts and other changes that undermine basic science. (...) - Nature, by Nicky Phillips, 17 October 2017

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Budget cuts fuel frustration among Japan’s academics

Budget cuts fuel frustration among Japan’s academics | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Funding trouble at flagship research centre reflects a broader malaise in the country’s scientific priorities that must be addressed. (...) - Nature, 2017/08/14

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The Crisis Facing Japanese Scientific Research

The Crisis Facing Japanese Scientific Research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

In March this year, an editorial in the British journal Nature showed that the pace of scientific research in Japan has slowed considerably over the past decade. Nakano Tōru, a leading stem cell researcher, discusses the challenges facing researchers in Japan and some of the structural weaknesses holding science back. (...) - nippon.com, by Nakano Toru, 2017/06/12

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Push for foreign students to stay on to work in Japan

Push for foreign students to stay on to work in Japan | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Japan is hiring foreign talent and it is now a top priority that international students attending Japanese universities stay on in the country, with the government offering new incentives such as subsidised company internships, help with finding jobs on graduation, stepped-up Japanese language courses and more streamlined processes for work visas after graduation.  (...) - University World News, by Suvendrini Kakuchi, 17 March 2017 Issue No:451
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Fundamental science research in Japan in peril - The Mainichi

Fundamental science research in Japan in peril - The Mainichi | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

While Japan continues to celebrate another Nobel Prize this year, concerns have started to emerge that in 20 or 30 years' time, Japan will no longer be producing Nobel prizewinners. The reason is that the government budget supporting basic science is shrinking, negatively affecting Japan's research environment. (...) - The Mainichi, Nov 28, 2016

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Japan's humanities chop sends shivers down academic spines

Japan's humanities chop sends shivers down academic spines | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Japanese universities are cutting humanities and social sciences in favour of ‘practical’ subjects, sparking global concern (...) - The Guardian, by Alex Dean, 26 September 2015

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[Japan] Universities pressed to streamline, and cut humanities

Universities will face pressure to streamline and refocus their mission on developing skills for the global jobs market under sweeping reforms announced last week. The education ministry wants to raise the standing of science and technology and said that humanities departments could be axed. (...)  - University World News, by Suvendrini Kakuchi, 26 June 2015 Issue No:373

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New RIKEN chief pledges to restore public faith in Japanese lab system

Plasma physicist takes reins of scandal-tainted institution.

 

TOKYO—On his first day on the job as the new president of RIKEN, Japan's network of national labs, Hiroshi Matsumoto pledged to follow through on his predecessor's plans for addressing shortcomings that created an environment for research misconduct. "We need to instill high standards of research ethics among individual scientists," he said. (...) - ScienceInsider, by Dennis Normile, 1 April 2015

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Japan: Government selects 37 ‘global universities’

Japan’s Education Ministry has said it will help finance the globalisation and personnel training programmes of 37 universities in the country, including the University of Tokyo, to strengthen their international competitiveness, reports Jiji Press.

The selection of the 37 schools as ‘global universities’ comes after the Education Rebuilding Implementation Council set the goal of having at least 10 Japanese universities in the list of the world’s top 100. Applications were submitted by 104 universities. (...) - University World News, by Jiji Press, 03 October 2014 Issue No:337

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Japan's budget proposals bode well for science

Japan's budget proposals bode well for science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Administration's emphasis on innovation pays off for researchers.

 

TOKYO—Japan's ministry of education gave the country's researchers something to cheer about today, announcing it was asking for a healthy 18% increase, to $11.1 billion, for science and technology spending in its proposed budget for the next fiscal year. (...) - by Dennis Normile, Science, 28 August 2014

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Le Japon veut devenir "le pays au monde où le contexte est le plus propice à l'innovation" (Yuko Harayama)

"Le Premier ministre japonais Shinzo Abe a fixé comme objectif que le Japon devienne le pays au monde où le contexte est le plus propice à l’innovation." C’est ce que déclare Yuko Harayama, membre exécutive permanente du Conseil japonais pour la science, la technologie et l’innovation, lors d’une conférence à Paris mercredi 7 mai 2014. Ce conseil, "créé dans les années 1990", est placé sous la responsabilité du Premier ministre. Il a intégré, "par modification de la loi, en avril dernier", la dimension d’innovation, "ce qui va au-delà du symbole et l’oblige à travailler avec les industriels", précise Yuko Harayama qui détaille au cours de sa conférence les enjeux, atout s et difficultés de la politique scientifique japonaise à cet égard. (...) AEF, par Anne Roy - Le mardi 20 mai 2014 - dépêche n°480875

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Japan: Boosting foreign student numbers to 300,000

The Japanese government has launched an ambitious scheme to attract 300,000 international students to enrol in its universities, while also encouraging more of its students to go abroad to study.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last month announced the government’s plans to further the globalisation of Japanese higher education. Abe told the Japanese parliament or Diet the two major pillars of the plan were strengthening English-language proficiency among Japanese students and increasing international student numbers to 300,000 over the next six years. (...)  - University World News, by Suvendrini Kakuchi, 31 January 2014, Issue No:305

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[Japan] Reform of university entrance exam sparks debate

Japan could soon see a new university entrance system to replace the current, highly competitive exam, which is regarded as rigid and inflexible. There has been intense debate over how the new testing system – which is likely to be more rigorous and based on academic performance and thinking skills – should develop. (...) - University World News, by Suvendrini Kakuchi, 14 September 2013 Issue No:287

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[Japan] How do university leaders view internationalisation?

[Japan] How do university leaders view internationalisation? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Recent political developments have problematised the international activities that are increasingly central to the functioning of higher education systems and institutions.  (...) - University World News, by Futao Huang and Tsukasa Daizen18 August 2017 Issue No:470
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Myrtille Nury-Torras's curator insight, September 21, 2017 4:52 AM
"Frequently cited goals of internationalization include ‘improving the quality and level of research’ (34.3%), ‘enhancing university prestige and reputation’ (31.4%) and ‘improving staff quality’ (30.8%). While the primary goal of both national and local public sectors is to improve the quality of research (80.6 % and 41.7% respectively), private universities primarily hope to enhance their prestige and reputation (21.4%)."
 
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University of Tokyo scientist hit by anonymous allegations fights back

University of Tokyo scientist hit by anonymous allegations fights back | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Biologist Yoshinori Watanabe publishes extensive response (...) - Science, by Dennis Normile, Juen 21 2017

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[Japan] What price will science pay for austerity?

Across Japan, early-career researchers face an uncertain future, as universities reduce the number of permanent staff positions and shunt more faculty into short-term contracts, writes Ichiko Fuyuno for NatureIndex (...) - University World News, by NatureIndex, 24 March 2017 Issue No:452
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[Japan] Debate heats up over free higher education plan

Discussions are heating up within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party over how the government should procure funds to make universities and junior colleges tuition-free after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his willingness in his January policy speech to make it happen, reports The Yomiuri Shimbun. (...) - University World News, by The Yomiuri Shimbun, 11 March 2017 Issue No:450
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[Japan] Government softens stance on humanities after uproar

[Japan] Government softens stance on humanities after uproar | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Japan’s education ministry officials have softened a controversial stance publicised in June 2015 to favour university science courses over the humanities and social sciences for state funding after it sparked an uproar among the academic community. Nonetheless, with the government intent on promoting change, universities are drawing up their reform plans which include new courses in line with the government’s National University Development Plan. (...) - University World News, by Suvendrini Kakuchi, 22 January 2016 Issue No:397
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Japan's universities open up to the world

A devastating natural disaster, a dire need to internationalize its universities, and lucrative funding programs have ushered in a renaissance of science communication in a country better known for its corporate R&D. Leading the pack is a small, young university on a resort island 400 miles south of Japan's mainland, the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University.(...) - Science, by Brian Lin, 31 July 2015

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[Japan] New RIKEN president hopes to hold on to young stars

[Japan] New RIKEN president hopes to hold on to young stars | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Tenure proposal could provide a path to permanent jobs for talented researchers.

Seven weeks into his presidency of RIKEN, Hiroshi Matsumoto at a press conference on Friday outlined his strategy for restoring luster to the scandal-tarnished network of national laboratories. His big new idea: introducing a tenure track system that would retain the best young researchers now on temporary contracts at RIKEN. (...) - Science, by Dennis Normile, 25 May 2015

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Nobel laureate Shuji Nakamura is still angry at Japan

Nobel laureate Shuji Nakamura is still angry at Japan | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Blue LED pioneer criticizes country's treatment of inventors, its educational aims, and its legal system.

TOKYO—Age and recognition haven't mellowed Nobel physics laureate Shuji Nakamura. He and fellow Japanese Hiroshi Amano and Isamu Akasaki shared 2014's physics award for developing a blue light-emitting diode (LED), which was at the center at a bitter patent dispute more than a decade ago at about the time Nakamura left Japan. At a press conference here on Friday—the first in his native country since he picked up his medal in Stockholm last month—Nakamura lashed out at the way Japan treats technology pioneers and criticized what he says is a failing education system. (...) - Science, by Dennis Normile, 19 January 2015

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Japan's researchers face increased ethics oversight

Funding approval will hinge on bolstering research integrity.

 

TOKYO—Scientists in Japan applying for government grants will soon be getting new mandatory reading material: a manual for promoting research integrity.

The manual, to be released by the end of the year, is being developed by the country’s three major funding agencies and the Science Council of Japan, the nation’s largest organization of researchers. (...) - by Dennis Normile, Science, 5 September 2014

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Academic Scandal Shakes Japan

Academic Scandal Shakes Japan | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Accusations of fabricating data and plagiarism by a researcher have prompted questions about the quality of science in a country that still punches below its international weight in cutting-edge research. (...) - by David McNeil, The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 6, 2014

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RIKEN Makes Verdict on Two Problematic Stem Cell Papers Final

RIKEN Makes Verdict on Two Problematic Stem Cell Papers Final | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Judgment of misconduct by lead author Haruko Obokata will stand; she now faces disciplinary procedures.

TOKYO—RIKEN has decided against reopening an investigation into two stem cell papers that concluded that the lead author, Haruko Obokata of RIKEN's Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, engaged in research misconduct. The institute has yet to decide whether Obokata will be punished. (...) by Dennis Normile, ScienceInsider, May 8 2014

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Updated: Over Scientists' Objections, Japan Adopts State Secrets Law

Updated: Over Scientists' Objections, Japan Adopts State Secrets Law | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Academics fear secrecy will hinder research into the science behind policy decisions.

Japanese scientists and academics are warning that legislation threatening prison terms for those who divulge and publish what the government deems a state secret threatens academic freedom and the public’s right to know. (...) - by Dennis Normile, ScienceInsider, 6 December 2013

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