The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) of Japan has stressed the importance of being a world leader in science and technology.
Japan’s economy and society are undergoing significant changes. Energy, resources, food shortages, a declining birth rate, an aging population, as well as underdeveloped rural economies and communities, are the most pressing issues in Japan today.
Japan’s global status in science and technology has recently fallen as a result of these challenges, even while other countries continue to strengthen their science, technology, and innovation (STI) policies.
However, as in the past, Japan must continue to be a country that actively contributes to humanity’s growth by using its STI capability to address global concerns and improve the quality of life in underdeveloped countries. Japan also aspires to actively contribute to global growth that is sustainable.
The Science and Technology Policy Bureau, which is part of Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT), is in charge of planning and designing basic policies to promote science and technology in the country.
Its goal is to develop human resources in science and technology, benefiting everyone from students to senior researchers and engineers, and to support international activities and science and technology promotion in a variety of places.