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Scientists get more bang for their buck if given more freedom

23 May 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

Multi-national study challenges long-held assumptions about efficiency.

Japan faces down disaster

24 April 2018

Tim Hornyak

An institute’s work on warning and mitigation systems for catastrophic events is a national priority.

Osaka hastens industry partnerships

23 April 2018

Ichiko Fuyuno

Osaka University bets on commercial-academic collaborations to survive.

Pillars of a smart society: From blockchain to surgical robots

18 April 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

Across the scientific fields, Japanese researchers are bringing together the virtual and real worlds.

Adjusted metric explainer

17 April 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

The new metric will account for annual global changes in the Nature Index corpus.

Japan bets on science diplomacy

16 April 2018

Daniel Hurst

International collaborations are rising, but not enough to put Japan on the global researcher circuit.

AI engineers, data scientists - Japan needs you

10 April 2018

Tim Hornyak

Japan's vision of a high-tech, 'super-smart' society relies on sustained investment to arrest scientific decline.

Japanese government urges young scientists towards industry

23 March 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

With permanent academic jobs scarce, the government wants industry to utilize young talent. 

Stand aside UTokyo, Gakushuin shows size isn’t everything

22 March 2018

Tim Hornyak

Gakushuin University is the top-ranking institution when assessed on the quality of its research in the natural sciences.

Drug research priorities at odds with global disease toll

16 March 2018

Alfredo Yegros et al.

COMMENT: Large pharmaceutical companies do not target their scientific efforts on the deadliest diseases.

Japan's woman problem

8 March 2018

Noriko Osumi

Less than 15% of researchers in Japan are female. Urgent culture change is needed, argues Noriko Osumi.

The rise and rise of Chinese universities

7 February 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

China climbs the THE Asian university rankings, but Singapore is still first.

Pharma could cut its losses with a bit of sharing

2 January 2018

Phillip Phan & Dean Wong

COMMENT: Life science companies are missing out on the benefits of open innovation.

In Japan, corporates make reluctant partners

20 December 2017

Ichiko Fuyuno

The Japanese government wants to lure more industry funding into universities, but companies need to be convinced they’ll get value.

Destination Daejeon

20 October 2017

Mark Zastrow

A focus on basic research is shifting scientific resources from Seoul to South Korea's central city.


Japan's strategy for growth highlights innovation

15 August 2017

Ichiko Fuyuno

Collaboration with companies will become more important in the government’s science and technology strategies.

Japan shakes up research funding system

1 August 2017

Tim Hornyak

An overhaul of Japan’s competitive grants programme could revive the country’s international science standing.

Far-flung and thriving: prime time for Okinawa’s grand experiment

16 May 2017

Tim Hornyak

Japan's gambit to globalize its scientific research is paying dividends. 

Japan's plan to cultivate more entrepreneurial scientists

10 May 2017

Ian Munroe

Although government efforts to encourage innovation face significant obstacles. 

Kyoto University is branching out in tough times

18 April 2017

Q&A

The university's president talks about the need for Japanese universities to stay competitive on the international stage.

How Todai is encouraging research spinoffs

11 April 2017

Ian Munroe

It was the first Japanese university to establish a venture capital firm.

Japan university reform 'unrealistic' without proper funding

7 April 2017

Atsushi Sunami

To unleash the potential of universities as engines of economic growth, further investment is necessary.

The rise and rise of a biology superstar

30 March 2017

Tim Hornyak

Nobel laureate Yoshinori Ohsumi’s persistent study of baker’s yeast spawned an exciting new field, and proves the value of supporting scientists in pursuit of their passion.

Japan loses share of research articles to China

24 March 2017

Nicky Phillips

Despite being among the top science nations, Japan's publication output has stalled over the past decade.

The slow decline of Japanese research in 5 charts

23 March 2017

Nicky Phillips

The country's research output is falling behind other dominant science nations.

What price will Japanese science pay for austerity?

23 March 2017

Ichiko Fuyuno

Japan’s stagnated research output corresponds with a deteriorating situation for young researchers. 

China and South Korea flash the cash in R&D race

24 February 2017

Ivy Shih

G20 countries dominate global research spending and production, but the mix is changing.

Innovators file record number of patent applications in China

24 November 2016

Ivy Shih

China's appetite for patents leads the world. 

Yoshinori Ohsumi's dogged attention to detail credited for Nobel win

4 October 2016

Tim Hornyak

The cell biologist's accolade is Japan's third consecutive Nobel Prize since 2014.

What does industry contribute to the world's best research?

19 May 2016

Nicky Phillips

The Nature Index tracks corporations who publish in top journals.

US tops global research performance

20 April 2016

Nicky Phillips

Ten institutions that dominated science in 2015

20 April 2016

Sarah O'Meara

The top 10 institutions in the Nature Index are the largest contributors to papers published in 68 leading journals in 2015

Q&A: Japan's road to recovery

18 March 2016

Nicky Phillips

Can Japan halt the decline?

16 March 2016

Nicky Phillips