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Will Homebody Researchers Turn Japan Into a Scientific Backwater?

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Science  10 Dec 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6010, pp. 1475
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6010.1475

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Fewer young Japanese scientists are going abroad for advanced training. The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science hopes to turn the tide with new programs that dispatch researchers abroad. But what's most needed, observers say, is a change in hiring procedures at home. Although tight budgets are a factor, the biggest restraint on going abroad may be cultural: Those who stay close to decision-makers seem to advance.