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May 15, 2008 (Vol. 28, No. 10)

Science Links Japan

  • Abundance of well-organized information about Japan
  • Needs to have more scientific content
If you’re looking for evidence that English is the universal language of science, you’ll have to go no further than Science Links Japan, which is not only written completely in English, but a Japanese translation isn’t even visible at the site. Self-described as a “Gateway to Japan’s Scientific and Technical Information,” Science Links Japan lives up to its billing as a central point of access to science in the country. The opening page splits coverage among topic areas of News, Press Releases, Opinions, and Links. It also provides access to a bibliographic database and links to over 450 journals, institutes, job info, and a database of researchers. Whew. This site takes no prisoners. Subsections are too numerous to mention but they include intellectual property links, online journals, surveys, and white papers relevant to Japan over 30 portal sites. If you’re looking for info about Japanese science, you’ll almost certainly find it here.
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