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Given the scarcity of academic achievements since the 2010s, Japan will likely see its Nobel Prize winners fall sharply from the 2030s.

Japan sees pool of Nobel hopefuls drain

Nation's scholars lag Chinese and other rivals in high-tech academic citations

KOTARO FUKUOKA, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- The pool of potential Nobel Prize winners is shrinking in Japan, reflecting waning interest in the work of Japanese scholars. This comes as renowned Japanese academics are being increasingly overshadowed by scholars in China, who have seen their stars rise.

Obvious to all is that Japan needs more prowess in cutting-edge technology, pushing researchers and their achievements to recover traction in peer-reviewed scientific journals to stem a slide into global irrelevancy.

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