Science: Council in Japan

In the small, shabby auditorium of Tokyo's Scholars' Building, 210 of Japan's best scientists relaxed last week with tall bottles of beer and box lunches of rice balls, cold fish and pickles. Like most Japanese, they wore cracked shoes and frayed trousers, but they had good reason to feel proud of themselves. This was Japan's brand-new Science Council, democratically elected by 33,000 of Japan's recognized scientists.

The Science Council was not organized nor even blueprinted by the U.S. occupation. It is an outgrowth of the dissatisfaction which Japanese scientists have felt toward the...

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