Tokyo proposed the Human Frontier Program; now its scientists are among the first to take advantage of it
STRASBOURG, FRANCE -- Biomedical researchers from around the world will have a second chance next month to participate in Japan's Human Frontier Science Program now that Tokyo has led the way in the first round of funding.

The program was first proposed in 1986 by former Japanese Prime Minister Yosuhiro Nakasone at a summit conference of the seven leading democratic industrial nations - the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, West Germany, Italy, and Japan. It was seen as a response to his country's reliance on the U.S. and other nations to train and fund its current generation of basic researchers in the life sciences, and its name conveys the grand hope to push back the frontiers of knowledge in the field.

But Nakasone's billion-dollar scheme was whittled down by his successors...

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