Japan is seeking to replicate Europe’s success at building regional scientific networks. Kiira Soini looks at the problems and possibilities of a unified Asian research network.
Japan has been at the forefront of Asian science for decades, with spending on R&D standing at 3.4 per cent of GDP in 2012, and it has produced 20 Nobel prize winners. But economic stagnation there in recent years has led to a younger generation of researchers leaving for Europe and the US.
By expanding scientific collaboration with its neighbours, the Japanese government hopes that it might aid the economy, encourage native talent to stay and attract new blood from Asia’s rising nations.