A women-only funding stream should be created to combat gender inequality in Japanese research, according to the deputy head of the Japan Science and Technology Agency.
Just one in 10 successful applicants for funding from the JST’s Precursory Research for Embryonic Science and Technology research programme in 2018 were women. And women make up just one in every 20 people funded by the JST’s Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology programme in 2018. Just 16 per cent of researchers in the country are women.
In a special supplement on Japan from the Nature Index, published on 20 March, JST deputy executive director Miyoko Watanabe argues that correcting this imbalance and ensuring diversity is crucial for increasing the quality of research.