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+STI Policy Articles from Japan - March 2022

This page is for STI policy news from Japan for March 2022 picked up by the SciREX Center. The articles below are provisional summaries in English of the relevant original articles in Japanese.

The STI policy news from other countries than Japan can be obtained from the "Daily Watcher" of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)'s Center for Research and Development Strategy (CRDS) at https://crds.jst.go.jp/dw/ It is a collection of STI policy news articles from the countries other than Japan and daily updated with the link to the original articles.

Strategic Center of Biomedical Advanced Vaccine Research and Development for Preparedness and Response (SCARDA)
The Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED), funding agency in medical field in Japan, has established Strategic Center of Biomedical Advanced Vaccine Research and Development for Preparedness and Response (SCARDA). With Yen 150.4 billion fund, it will develop vaccines for infectious diseases and new modalities that contribute to vaccine development. The center is expected to take speedy actions to cope with emergence of new vaccines based on the knowledge, technologies, and evidences it accumulates.

KAKENHI to have an International Leading Research Program
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) has newly established "International Leading Research Program (tentative translation)" in its KAKENHI (grants-in-aid for scientific research). This new program will allow Japanese research groups led by excellent research leaders to play active in international networks to produce world-level research results, internationalize the research area, and advance the research level. Postdocs and graduate students can participate in the research groups.

Startup Ecosystem
As reported in this column in February (https://scirex.grips.ac.jp/en/topics/archive/220301_2842.html), the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI) is continuing discussions on Establishing World-class Startup Ecosystem in Japan. The discussions review various Japanese systems from education, brain circulation, SBIR, through tax to extract issues and explore how to reform the systems to create innovation ecosystem. The discussions will be wrapped up in May 2022 to make its result public.

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