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China snaps up Japanese scientists, sparking fears of technology outflow

Government must urgently improve domestic research environment to stem brain drain

Theoretical physics authority Toshitaka Kajino, right, joined the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in October 2016 at the invitation of the Chinese university. (Photo courtesy of Toshitaka Kajino)

TOKYO -- For Japanese scientists, China's attraction as an ideal place to pursue scientific research seems to only get stronger.

The trend is gathering steam as the Chinese government proactively invites top-caliber scholars from around the world. Japanese academics, meanwhile, often experience difficulty in finding posts at domestic universities and other institutions, underscoring an urgent need to improve how scholars, especially young ones, are treated in order to apply the brakes to an exodus of critical talent.

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