The government is hoping to enact a revised Basic Act on Science and Technology during the current Diet session. The cabinet is expected to make a decision shortly. The most important change is that humanities and social sciences will be promoted under the revised law in addition to natural sciences, which had been exclusively promoted thus far. The change aims to encourage innovation through discoveries and findings that create new value and bring about socioeconomic change. The new law will be called the “Basic Act on Science, Technology and Innovation”. (Abridged)
Main points of the revision
- Field of humanities, excluded in the past, will be added to the list of subjects for promotion.
- Creation of innovation will be added to the goals.
- The name of the law will be “Basic Act on Science, Technology and Innovation”.