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Blue Laser Pioneer Seeks Greener Pastures

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Science  04 Feb 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5454, pp. 782
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5454.782a

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A Japanese materials scientist who has done pioneering work on blue light-emitting diodes has decided not only to leave industry for academia, but to leave Japan for the United States. He hopes his move will send a message to his native country to rethink its veneration of seniority and credentials over objective measures of performance. Combined with a stifling bureaucracy, the rigid academic hierarchy prevents scientific stars from shining as brightly as they might elsewhere.