(Mainichi: January 22, 2016, Evening edition – p.16)
The government adopted in a cabinet meeting on Jan. 22 the Fifth Science and Technology Basic Plan, which sets a numerical target to bring more stability to the employment of young researchers by increasing the hiring of female researchers. The government aims to increase the ratio of female researchers by 30% and young university faculty members by 10% by fiscal 2020.
The basic plan stipulates that in order for Japan to realize sustainable economic growth and revitalization of regional society, Japan has to continue to have the ability to generate innovation in the science and technology area. The government aims to allocate 26 trillion yen, which is equivalent to 1% of Japan’s gross domestic product (GDP), for research and development spending for five years. It plans to boost the budget to more than 4% of GDP by urging private companies to invest in the plan.