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Japanese researchers in dilemma over development of dual-use technology

  • August 15, 2016
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Monday’s Nikkei and Tokyo Shimbun reported that Japan’s academic circles are split over the Abe administration’s policy of promoting the development of dual-use technology because the scientific community has long maintained a policy of avoiding involvement in R&D for military purposes based on remorse over the role that Japanese scientists played in WWII. While almost 10,000 researchers have signed petitions against the Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency’s plan to offer up to 30 million yen for the development of dual-use technology, some scholars justify their involvement in such R&D in order to “defend people’s lives and safety.”  

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