Not in tech development and having gigantic robots wondering the streets of Tokio, but in cannabis related topics, yes.
The Japan Times hit my inbox with a statement that makes you wonder how is it that this country has done so much?
The article said "...constraints of the current Cannabis Control Act mean that even if such treatments are approved in the future by the health ministry, doctors won’t be able to prescribe them."
The thing is that Japan has strict laws against the use of marijuana, and despite they have allowed medicines derived from cannabis (psychoactive substance has been filtered out) to enter the country for domestic clinical trials the availability of those for the population is NONE.
Japan needs a reality check and maybe some context, now that the worse part of this article was to discover that cannabis possession in Japan can carry prison sentences of as long as 10 years!
Jack Herer must be rolling in his grave while I write this.