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Japan to pay Ph.D. students in quest for cutting-edge tech

Can $23,000 a year persuade master's students to go for doctorates?

In Japan, many gifted students have to think twice before advancing to doctoral courses due to the financial plight these studies inflict.

TOKYO -- Beginning in April, 7,800 doctoral students in Japan will be eligible to receive an annual 2.4 million yen ($23,139) in living expenses, as they take part in a government program meant to maintain the country's global competitiveness in cutting-edge technologies.

The government will provide the funds to universities, which will pick the recipients. Universities working on artificial intelligence, quantum technologies and other disciplines are more likely to be chosen to take part in the program.

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