Research impact: Japan's stalled 'super-smart' ambition

The Nature Index reports on the continuing decline in Japan’s research performance

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A sense of crisis quickened by China’s stunning rise has surrounded Japanese science since Nature Index’s 2017 Japan supplement highlighted the country’s faltering research performance.

Earlier this year, the Nature Index reported a continued decline; a further 3.7% drop in Japan’s contribution to high-quality scientific output in 2017 deepens the 19.6% decrease recorded between 2012 and 2016. It doesn’t bode well for “Society 5.0”, the nickname for Japan’s ambition to become a ‘super-smart’ society. But without the budgetary or human resources to match China, how to stop the drop?

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The Nature Index database tracks the affiliations of high-quality natural science articles, and charts publication productivity for institutions and countries. Article count (AC) includes the total number of affiliated articles. Weighted fractional count (WFC) accounts for the relative contribution of each author to an article, and adjusts for the abundance of astronomy and astrophysics papers. More details here.

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