Japan: Support Builds for Curbs on Lifetime Faculty Posts

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Science  15 Mar 1996:
Vol. 271, Issue 5255, pp. 1492
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5255.1492


Tokyo—Lifetime appointments to Japanese national universities are a tradition that has restricted the flow of scientists among institutions and between academia and industry. But an influential committee to the Ministry of Education appears ready to propose significant changes in the practice, a move that supporters say will improve the quality of research.