PM Abe Vows to Support Young Researchers

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 11 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday his administration will come up next month with a set of assistance measures for young natural scientists.

"Bolstering support for young researchers is the most important thing to keep the world's highest-class research abilities in Japan," Abe said at a meeting of the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation.

To attract the world's leading scientists to the country, the prime minister called on universities and national research institutes to compete in hiking wages and improving other work conditions by capitalizing on private-sector funds.

Abe also underscored the importance of helping researchers concentrate on their projects without worrying about how to make living by securing posts and establishing career paths for them.

Then he instructed ministers in charge to include concrete steps in a comprehensive package of measures to be hammered out next month to reinforce scientific research capabilities of the country and support young researchers through academia-industry collaboration.

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