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Science  20 Dec 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5295, pp. 1993-1997
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5295.1993d

Concerning Hiroo Imura's editorial about Japanese science education (4 Oct., p. 15), from a Japanese student's point of view, there is a more serious problem than the number of graduate students or university facilities and budgets. Scientists at my university teach us mostly practical issues, like how to produce data and write papers. But they seem to rarely discuss philosophical matters or the social consequences of scientific activities. Science education in Japan should provide opportunities for students to learn about social responsibility and the quality of scientific research in a uniquely Japanese way. Then we could stop mimicking or pursuing the Western way of thinking and make a unique Japanese contribution to the international scientific community.

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