The 71st session of the Council for Science and Technology Policy was held at the Prime Minister's Official Residence on November 28, 2007 .
In this session the Council discussed regional revitalization through science and technology, and proposals from executive members concerning reformation of research systems at universities and graduate schools. There was also discussion of the research into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) announced last week which offers groundbreaking advances in the implementation of regenerative medicine, and it was pointed out that it was necessary to examine ways to support accelerated research into regenerative medicine. In addition, there was a presentation on the approach towards the realization of vehicles with onboard sensors that can prevent collisions, using information and communications technologies to achieve safer road transportation.
Prime Minister Fukuda concluded the session with the comment, "Regional revitalization is one of the most important policy areas of the Cabinet, and we are making every effort in this regard. I would also like you to develop more specific strategies for regional revitalization through science and technology. For the reformation of the research systems at universities and graduate schools, I expect you to firmly work on this matter by giving drastic support especially to the young researchers and by establishing an environment that meets global standards so that they can be fully involved in international exchanges. We must make every effort in pursuing these reforms. Furthermore, I understand that the research findings concerning iPS cells presented earlier offer possibilities for radical developments in regenerative medicine. I want the Council for Science and Technology Policy to work promptly to establish an environment in which future research can be conducted smoothly."