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Posted: Feb 21, 2013
Nanotechnology in Japan - companies, research, and university labs
(Nanowerk News) Due to years of great investment, Japan has gained a significant position in nanotechnologies. The support of nanotechnology by the Japanese government started in 2001 with the 2nd Science and Technology Basic Plan (STBP). In this plan nanotechnology and nanomaterials were prioritized as one of eight national issues of interest.
Total governmental funding of this field grew in these years from 85 billion JPY (approx $00 million) in 2001 to 97 billion (approx. $1 billion) in 2005. In its subsequent Science and Technology Basic Plan (2006 to 2010), Japan established nanotechnology as one of its four priority research fields.
Major investments were mainly targeted at clean energy and electronics. Other main nanotechnology research topics, described in this plan, were the development of advanced nano-materials that can substitute rare or deficit materials and nanomaterials and technologies which support healthy lives. The governments´ interest was mainly focused on the research areas of nanoelectronics, nan0materials, and nano life-sciences.
In the current, 4th STBP, the focus is on the development of green and life innovations. Nanotechnology is not mentioned as an independent field in this plan, but as a way to strive for these green and life sciences innovations.
Besides a governmental investment, a huge private sector investment made Japan an attractive place for nanotechnology commercialization.
Currently, there are companies in Japan involved in nanotechnology-related business activities.
In addition, there are nanotechnology and nanoscience-related research and community organizations in Japan.
Please note: we are mostly listing organizations with English language websites. There is a significant number of Japanese-language sites that we have not included here.
Nanotechnology companies in Japan
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Nanobiotechnology and Nanomedicine Companies
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