A Laboratory for Asian Innovation
"Asia's Great Science Experiment" [Oct. 30] reported that Asian countries, especially Japan, are newly enamored with the wonders of science. Scientific innovations have great ability to untangle the painful complexities of human life. But it seems that's not researchers' primary aim. Instead of pursuing humanitarian goals, science has become a tool for maintaining the rapid tempo of business globalization. In countries like India, scientific research has a vast but untapped potential for raising the living standards of the lower classes. Asian scientists, however, see the Indian marketplace as a battleground for big brands,...

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