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Keep Up the Pressure, Urges NRC Panel

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Science  01 Aug 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5326, pp. 634
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5326.634

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A resurgent U.S. high-tech economy has made industry and government officials complacent about Japan's scientific and technological prowess, says a new report by the National Research Council (NRC). But Japan's rising investment in basic research and its expected rebound from recent economic woes require continued vigilance, says the NRC panel, which believes the government must keep pushing Japan--and the rapidly growing economies of its Asian neighbors--to open up its markets and provide access to research results.