04 October 1996
Vol 274, Issue 5284

About The Cover

Talented undergraduates in Japan are being pulled in different directions. The government and the universities are urging them to pursue advanced scientific degrees as part of a larger effort to stimulate economic growth, while companies traditionally prefer to train them on the job. The cover is drawn in a style known as manga, a form of illustration popularized in serial cartoons and comic books in Japan. A more traditional depiction of the same idea appears on page 43 to open our special report on Science in Japan. [Illustration: Tomoko Saito]