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Science  29 Jan 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5402, pp. 613c
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5402.613c

A prominent Japanese scientist has added his voice to the rising international chorus calling for stronger links across academic disciplines. Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, president of the powerful, independent Science Council, has been talking up the idea of mixing social scientists into projects that have broad implications for the public. Cloning experiments, for example, might add ethicists to the usual mix of biologists, while public health experts might join nuclear fusion teams.

The idea is to look at research “from a very wide point of view,” Yoshikawa says. His “very important” ideas will get a hearing during an upcoming review of Japan's R&D policies by the Council for Science and Technology, says Hiroo Imura, former president of Kyoto University and a member of the panel, which advises the prime minister.

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