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Once a 'scientist's paradise,' Japan's Riken seeks new vitality

Government-controlled research institute needs its own sources of funding

Kosuke Morita, center, leader of the team that discovered the 113th element, dubbed nihonium, displays its symbol at a news conference in Fukuoka on Dec. 1, 2016.

TOKYO -- Riken, Japan's national research institute, celebrated its 100th anniversary this year. The organization was once called a "scientist's paradise," but those days seem to be over, as its research has been mostly determined by the government in recent years.

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