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Corporate Ties Still Off Limits for Academics

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Science  18 Jun 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5422, pp. 1905
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5422.1905a

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Efforts to form closer ties between industry and academe in Japan suffered a setback last week when government officials refused to bend a rule that prohibits university professors and other civil servants from holding positions with private companies. Observers see the National Personnel Agency's refusal to allow an economics professor to serve as an outside director of Sony Corp. as a setback to all academic researchers hoping to become involved in start-up companies or industrial collaborations derived from their work.