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Status and trends of nanotechnology R&D in Japan


Intense competition exists in the realm of research and development in nanotechnology. The government of Japan, one of the countries most advanced in this field, has been actively promoting this form of R&D in cooperation with industrial and academic circles. The hope is that success in nanotechnology will also revitalize Japan's economy. Here, we outline the current status of national projects and future trends of nanotechnology in Japan.

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Figure 1: Governmental nanotechnology budget by research field (fiscal 2001).