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Fukushima to become key robotic development site

Nikkei reported on the Abe administration’s plan to attract robotic development firms to Fukushima to make the prefecture a key platform for developing next-generation robots. To begin with, the GOJ plans to commit 14 billion yen in FY2016 to opening a “robotic testing field” on the coastal side of the prefecture where experiments can be performed using drones and disaster-response….Read more

  • January 5, 2016
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“IT hospitality” to be targeted during Tokyo Olympics

(Sankei: December 22, 2015 – p. 5)    By Michiyuki Chiba    The government is beefing up counterterrorism measures in preparation for the G-7 Summit (Ise-Shima Summit) scheduled for May next year and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Although blatant terrorist attacks such as the recent simultaneous attacks in Paris tend to attract more attention, the threat of cyberattacks….Read more

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Gov’t to allocate funds to national universities based on research results, efforts

(Asahi: December 16, 2015 – p. 4)    By Kotaro Ono, Kojin Takahama    The government has decided to allocate part of operational subsidies for universities on the basis of their research results and efforts for organizational reform. The administration will implement the new policy in fiscal 2016. The government’s operational subsidies account for 30-40% of national universities’ revenue. The….Read more

  • 2015-12-17 15:00:00
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MOFA to set up expert panel on using science and technology for diplomacy

(Nikkei: December 16, 2015 – p. 4)    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will establish an expert panel on Dec. 1 to draw up a strategy for utilizing Japan’s exceptional scientific research and technology for diplomacy. The panel will aim to increase Japan’s influence in the global community by building international networks based on advanced technology and promoting information analysis….Read more

  • 2015-12-16 15:00:00
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Gov’t to allocate subsidies to national universities based on research results, efforts

(Asahi: December 16, 2015 – p. 4)    The government has decided to place priority on the allocation of subsidies to universities based on the results of their research and efforts for organizational reform. The government’s subsidies account for 30-40% of national universities’ revenue. The government’s aim is to encourage competition and reform by universities. The government will then reduce….Read more

  • 2015-12-16 15:00:00
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Tokyo gov’t to launch recruitment website for foreign workers in January

(Nikkei: December 15, 2015 – p. 39)    The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will launch a recruitment website for foreigners by January 2016. The website is intended to draw the attention of foreigners who are familiar with the local conditions and business practices in their own country to job opportunities in small and mid-size Japanese companies planning to do business in….Read more

  • 2015-12-16 15:00:00
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Japan must accelerate its domestic global warming countermeasures

(Nikkei: December 13, 2015 – p. 3)    With the creation of a new framework for global warming countermeasures, Japan is being called to speed up its domestic efforts. In July this year, the Japanese government proposed an international target: Japan would reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 26% by 2030 compared to 2013 levels. Additional energy-saving efforts and….Read more

  • 2015-12-14 15:00:00
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Gov’t panel recommends budget of 26 trillion yen for science and technology plan

(Mainichi: December 11, 2015 – p. 2)    The government’s Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, which is chaired by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, formulated on Dec. 10 a final draft report for the “Fifth Science and Technology Basic Plan” covering science and technology policy for a five-year period starting with the next fiscal year. The panel’s draft report includes….Read more

  • 2015-12-11 15:00:00
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U.S. military provided over 200 million yen to 12 Japanese research institutions since 2000

(Kanagawa Shimbun: December 7, 2015 – p. 1)    The U.S. military has provided more than 200 million yen in research funds to at least 12 universities and research institutions, including Yokohama National University, since 2000, sources disclosed on Dec. 6. The universities and research institutions that have said that they received funds from the U.S. military are as follows:….Read more

  • 2015-12-08 15:00:00
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Gov’t to step up efforts to establish domestic technologies as international standards

(Yomiuri: December 8, 2015 – p. 11)    From the spring of 2016, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will help national universities and other institutes launch courses designed to make Japan’s cutting-edge technologies and products international standards. It will send its workers to those schools as temporary lecturers for a year. Osaka University, Yokohama University, Yamaguchi University and….Read more

  • 2015-12-08 15:00:00
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