In June 2009 we launched a new series of reports aimed at examining the changing landscape of the global research base. Our latest report, Global Research Report: Japan, found that despite its long-standing position as an innovation leader, Japan’s overall national trend points to a comparatively flat research output and declining share of the world’s annual scientific literature. What is behind this underperformance? And what challenges, or opportunities, are on the horizon?
Do you see a looming threat to Japan’s prominence, or is there a less ominous reason behind this trend of change? What do you believe may be behind this static performance? And what might Japan’s leaders do to turn this around?