Science and Technology Policy Japan
Japan plans to take most government paperwork online, streamlining cumbersome processes blamed for delayed payments of pandemic assistance, in an ambitious digital revolution it aims to complete in a year.
The government’s push to shutter old coal-fired power plants by 2030 to rein in greenhouse gas emissions may force a major revision in business strategy for the power industry by depriving it of cheap coal power to drive profit growth.
The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN), in coordination with the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), is currently accepting proposals aimed at combating COVID-19 by providing its new supercomputer Fugaku for selected research projects.
Fugaku is planned to start full operations in 2021. In light of the current pandemic, RIKEN decided that parts of the supercomputer can already be used ahead of the original installation schedule.
Dr. Yuko Harayama, a longtime friend of Switzerland, was appointed Executive Director for international affairs at the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research Institute RIKEN, Japan's largest national research organization, on April 1, 2020. She has been serving on various Japanese and international commissions related to science, technology and innovation and possesses an extensive international network.
Several changes in management of Japanese bodies related to science, technology and innovation were announced along with the new fiscal year starting from April 1, 2020. The new appointments include that of the head of the public research institution for applied research and the funding agency for R&D in the field of medicine, as well as the advisor to the Japanese government.