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Japan needs more STEM research, not tours, to revive innovation

Better bridges between academia and commercial applications are vital

| Japan
Koichi Hagiuda speaks to the press after inspecting Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California, on July 27: His two-week visit program for Japanese entrepreneurs would be a safari tour for business tourists.   © Kyodo

Nobuko Kobayashi co-leads the Japan consumer practice of global strategy consulting group EY-Parthenon. The views expressed in this article are her own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the global EY organization or its member firms.

When Koichi Hagiuda, then Japan's minister of economy, trade and industry, announced a plan in July to dispatch 1,000 entrepreneurs to Silicon Valley over the next five years, debate quickly flared on social media.

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