Physicist Named Japan's Education Minister

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Science  07 Aug 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5378, pp. 759-760
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5378.759

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For the first time in recent memory, Japan has a Minister of Education, Science, Sports, and Culture with hands-on experience as a researcher and educator. On 30 July, physicist Akito Arima, former president of the University of Tokyo, took the post as head of the Ministry of Education (Monbusho) in the Cabinet formed by the new prime minister, Keizo Obuchi. Monbusho oversees all the national universities as well as several dozen national research institutes.