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Innovation Nation

Science and Technology in 21st Century Japan


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Carin Holroyd, Ken Coates
    Pages 30-60
  3. Carin Holroyd, Ken Coates
    Pages 61-84
  4. Carin Holroyd, Ken Coates
    Pages 85-104
  5. Carin Holroyd, Ken Coates
    Pages 105-125
  6. Carin Holroyd, Ken Coates
    Pages 126-154
  7. Carin Holroyd, Ken Coates
    Pages 155-169
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 170-202

About this book


This book explores Japan's efforts to promote the commercial benefits of science and technology. Japan has made major scientific investments, with a view to enhancing the country's medium and long-term economic prospects; these successful efforts have re-enforced the country's reputation as a leader in the promotion of national innovation.


aging economy innovation Internet investment Japan Mobile reputation science and technology success

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Asia Pacific FoundationCanada
  2. 2.Centre for International Governance InnovationCanada
  3. 3.University of WaterlooCanada

About the authors

KEN S. COATES is Professor of History and Dean of Arts, University of Waterloo, Canada. He was previously Dean at the College of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He has published three books on Japan with Carin Holroyd and also works in the field of indigenous history and northern development.

CARIN HOLROYD holds a PhD from the University of Waikato, New Zealand, and has worked at universities in Canada, Japan and New Zealand. She is currently the Senior Research Analyst (Japan) for the Asia Pacific Foundation and a Senior Research Fellow for the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Canada.

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Consumer Packaged Goods
Finance, Business & Banking


"Holroyd and Coates provide a fair, thoroughly referenced analysis of Japan's determined quest for world leadership in technological innovation... Recommended." - CHOICE