Organic Synthesis in Japan: From Natural Products to Synthetic Control

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Science  18 Jul 1986:
Vol. 233, Issue 4761, pp. 318-324
DOI: 10.1126/science.233.4761.318


Organic chemistry in present day Japan, which has developed from early interest in natural products chemistry, now includes total synthesis, physical organic chemistry, synthetic methods, and organometallic chemistry. In this article, the current state of Japanese organic chemistry is briefly reviewed and a representative aspect of today's organic chemistry—exploration of new synthetic methodology—is discussed.