Japan's technological capabilities and competitiveness have continued to decline over the past 30 years, and it now ranks below 30th in the world, behind Malaysia and Thailand.
Under this situation, I recently heard an hour-long radio interview with Professor Miyasaka on the radio about his research in the field of perovskite solar cells in the Miyasaka Laboratory at Toin University of Yokohama.
This new solar cell has been Honda's focus for its industrialization, as reported in the attached newspaper article.
Much like perovskite solar cells (?), dye-sensitized solar cells are also being worked on at Hiroshima University, where I met the researchers about 20 years ago and have done some simple experiments myself.
In the area of new technologies that could be game changers, there are comments (by Professor Yutaka Matsuo) that in the advanced natural language generation technologies such as chat GPT Japan can, even at this point, join the rear of the world's leading group with tens of billions of yen in funding and compete on a global scale.