Research and development

The Japanese government is aware of the importance of highly trained staff and high-level research for the country's economy. Japan is the fourth country worldwide in terms of gross domestic expenditure on R&D as a percentage of the GDP (3.4% in 2008) . Public and private investment is planned to be enhanced by 2020. A strong research output is indicated by the number of resident patent filings related to research and development (R&D) expenditure where Japan ranks third worldwide.*

As a part of its new growth strategy established in 2010, the Japanese government envisages developing cooperation between research, education, the public sector and industry by 2020. Further objectives are the intensification of the "investment in cutting-edge universities and research institutes to enhance international competitiveness in R&D and human resources development" and the promotion of brain circulation including the incoming and outgoing mobility of researchers.**

*WIPO statistics database


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