Japanese Scientists Alarmed by Stagnant Research Funding

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Stockholm, Dec. 7 (Jiji Press)--The welcome news that Japanese scientist Tasuku Honjo won this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has at the same time highlighted an issue that has been worrying many scientists in Japan: the country's stagnant research funding, which trails that of its rivals.

Shortly after receiving the news in October that he was being awarded the prestigious prize, Honjo revealed his idea of setting up a fund to support young researchers.

Earlier this week, as he left Japan for Stockholm to attend the Nobel Prize award ceremony, the 76-year-old Kyoto University professor stressed that support for young researchers is diminishing.

Honjo is alarmed at the current situation, in which Japan's research funding at universities has remained roughly flat, in stark contrast with many other major countries, which have increased such funding.

Honjo's concerns have been echoed by other Japanese scientists.

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