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Japanese science council shuns military research

Scientists in Japan have been urged to resist their government’s attempts to enlist them in lucrative research projects with potential military applications.

The Science Council of Japan, which advises the cabinet, released a statement on 24 March that calls on researchers to boycott military research. It says that universities and research centres should evaluate the implications of conducting such research for science.

The council’s statement raises particular concern over the “openness” of research outcomes and calls on scientists to carefully evaluate where their funding is coming from. The results of military-funded studies tend to be subject to secrecy conditions because of their relevance to national security.

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