News of the WeekJAPAN'S UNIVERSITIES

Reforms Would Loosen Bonds, Cut Safety Net

Science  01 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5560, pp. 1621-1623
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5560.1621b

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TOKYO-- Japanese academics appear set to win new freedoms that would allow closer collaborations with private companies and greater autonomy in spending research grants. But they may have to pay a steep price: an end to the security of jobs for life and, perhaps, stricter evaluations of the quality of their work.

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