Japan Drafts "Moonshot" Research Goals for State Sponsorship

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 3 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese government advisory panel has drawn up 25 ambitious research goals including the fusion of machines and organisms and the establishment of artificial hibernation technology, as the government plans to sponsor research projects to realize such "moonshot" goals.

The advisory panel, at its meeting on Wednesday, adopted the 25 candidate goals under three research themes: overcoming the aging society and low birthrate, restoring the earth's environment while cultivating urban civilization, and pioneering new frontiers in science and technology.

The panel, chaired by Yoshimitsu Kobayashi, former chairman of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives, or Keizai Doyukai, came up with the draft list of moonshot goals, following suggestions from the general public, as well as businesses and government agencies.

The government will narrow down the candidate list to around five to 10 goals while consulting with related experts. It will approve the final list at a meeting of the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, chaired by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as early as late this year.

The government will then solicit research proposals from early next year, planning to provide some 100 billion yen to sponsor promising ones for five years.

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