Japanese Jump on Postdoc Bandwagon

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Science  03 Sep 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5433, pp. 1521-1524
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5433.1521

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Overcoming the stigma of temporary workers, postdocs have become an integral part of science in Japan, largely through a 1995 initiative under which the government raised the total number of postdocs to 10,000 by this year. But there's a price to pay for their popularity: The new talent pool is beginning to face a problem plaguing the nearly 40,000 postdoctoral fellows in the century-old U.S. system, namely a dearth of academic jobs.