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Nature Index 2018 Japan

Nature Index 2018 Japan reveals that some of Japan’s smallest institutions are among the most efficient in the production of high quality scientific research, though the decline in Japan’s high quality scientific research output continues. The supplement examines reform efforts in light of the country’s aim to become a “super-smart” society. 

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    Continuing decline in Japan’s research performance bodes ill for the country’s ambition to become a ‘super-smart’ society.

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

    • Ichiko Fuyuno
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    A graphic representation shows how Japan’s production of natural-science papers has fallen but some institutions shine.

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    A push for more Japanese women of science.

    • Noriko Osumi
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    Osaka University bets on commercial-academic collaborations to survive.

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

    • Tim Hornyak