(AsiaNikkei) Japan will impose tougher disclosure rules on universities to keep information that could be used for military purposes out of foreign hands. The goal is to promote joint research with the U.S. in quantum technology, artificial intelligence and other top fields.
A government innovation promotion committee decided on the plan to start requiring university researchers to report any financial contributions from foreign and other external sources when applying for public funds.. Guidelines will be finalized by the end of the year. Japan is taking the step following an agreement in mid-April between Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and U.S. President Joe Biden on bilateral cooperation in cutting-edge research.
Japan is taking the step following an agreement in mid-April between Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and U.S. President Joe Biden on bilateral cooperation in cutting-edge research.
Fields like biotechnology, artificial intelligence or quantumtechnology have emerged as major flashpoints in the growing technological rivalry between the U.S. and China. Because these technologies often have both civilian and military applications, Washington wants to make sure information that could threaten national security will not leak out of Japan.
Given Beijing’s aggressive efforts to bring home Chinese scientists, cutting-edge technologies could make their way to China through individual researchers.
Crackdowns are expected to continue in the Biden administration. Japan hopes to tighten controls on sensitive technology in coordination with the U.S. and Europe to prevent leaks and pave the way for further research cooperation.