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Science minister welcomes council’s shift in stance on dual-use research

  • July 30, 2022
  • , Sankei
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Saturday’s Sankei wrote that Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy Kobayashi told reporters on Friday that the government welcomes the announcement made by the Science Council of Japan last week that effectively endorses research on dual-use technologies that can be applied for both military and civilian purposes. The minister said the move will help improve Japan’s research capabilities and international competitiveness and promote economic security. The council, which had maintained a negative stance on military research, said on July 25 that it is no longer possible to simply divide cutting-edge science and technology into the two categories of civilian and military use and that it is not practical to make uniform judgments on the handling of such technologies based on their potential for diversion to military applications.

 

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