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Japanese institutions resist reform

6 April 2018

Ichiko Fuyuno

Efforts to improve Japan's scientific status include top-down institutional change, but tradition is hard to break.

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.

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.

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.

New data reveals universities in Tokyo are highly connected

17 November 2016

Tim Hornyak

The Japanese capital is a hub of local research collaborations.

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.

Lessons from rising stars

16 March 2016

Nicky Phillips