EDITORIAL

Opening Japan Up to the World

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Science  21 Nov 2008:
Vol. 322, Issue 5905, pp. 1163
DOI: 10.1126/science.1161131

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With a global financial crisis at hand, It is clear that major change is needed among leading nations. For Japan, this comes at a time when two prime ministers have left office in barely 2 years, and support for the new prime minister, Taro Aso, is weak less than 2 months after he took up office. Perhaps the public, sensing the need for change, is pessimistic about the possibilities, given that Japan has been so resistant to change over the past decade.