Japan's Nobel win should spur Abe to action over patent laws

LAST week, Japan's media were exultant over a Nobel Prize in Physics award to three native sons. So it came as a shock when, rather than pop another champagne cork, co-honoree Shuji Nakamura poured cold water on the fete.

From his perch at the University of California at Santa Barbara, the 60-year-old scientist unloaded to a pack of giddy Japanese reporters about how Japan stymies the kind of innovation for which he was honoured by the Nobel committee. In Silicon Valley, where he moved to in 1999,...

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