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Japan to subsidize company-backed university courses

Tokyo intends to nurture talent that can develop batteries, chips and more

Japan, which lags other countries when it comes to private sector involvement in higher education, intends to start catching up. (Photo by Shihoko Nakaoka) 

TOKYO -- Japan next year will start subsidizing companies and schools working together to set up educational programs, Nikkei has learned.

Japan lags behind the U.S. and Europe in research and education programs backed by private sector funding, which often helps in growth areas such as decarbonization. Tokyo is now focusing on batteries, materials and semiconductors -- fields that lead to corporate research and development and improvement of competitiveness.

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