Japan: Innovation and Technology

Japan’s scientists are upgrading its Super-Kamiokande neutrino detector, turning to plastic for electric cars and enhancing eel farming with ‘marine snow’. The country has big ambitions in space and hopes to create 20 unicorns by 2023

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The country’s neutrino detector is the largest of its kind and might be first in the world to succeed

Japan’s ambitious research project could halve the weight of tomorrow’s vehicles

But some warn that start-ups are not focused enough on market needs

Shinzo Abe has pledged to help double venture capital investment

Tokyo eyes looming crisis in farming sector caused by ageing population

Company aims to go global, but concedes it needs overseas partners

Manufacturers supply components but the ultimate aim is a whole aeroplane

The company’s initial offer is an 83kg motor — half the weight of an equivalent engine