- Japanese science faces deep cuts
The government's election promises vowed more support for science, but so far budgets look set to shrink
Japanese researchers are in uproar about the drastic budget cuts being recommended for science projects by a new cabinet-level government advisory unit.
"If this goes on, Japanese scientists, including young scientists, will flow overseas, and Japanese science will die."
Japanese young researchers are deeply regret the unit's decision to cut the budget for the postdoctoral fellowship. The unit said that the fellowship prevent young talented researchers from working in the private sector and that it is just a "safety net" or an employment measure, and so the budget must be cut. These are misunderstandings. This decision will damage the future of scientific research in Japan because talented students will avoid becoming scientists or go abroad.