“An official at the Japan Chemical Fibers
Association said, ”China is seeking to become a global center in terms
of (textile-related) technological development on top of being the
world’s production and consumption center.””.The Chinese
government invested the equivalent of 220 billion yen to develop
advanced textile technology in the five-year period through 2010, with
its annual budgetary outlays averaging 44 billion yen, according to the
association’s recent study report ..China has 15 universities
devoted to textile-related research and development, while Chinese
students and researchers have brought home the latest textile technology
after studying in the United States, it noted ..Some European
universities have even placed curbs on Asian students due to concern
over the possible outflow of textile-related technology, it said ..The
Japanese government’s stance regarding the textile industry stands in
sharp contrast, with the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry’s annual
textile-related budget limited to 1.5 billion yen ..While
textile-related research has been conducted at Shinshu University’s
Faculty of Textile Science and Technology as well as in some prefectures
where the textile sector is the major industry, such as Fukui,
Ishikawa, Toyoma, Aichi and Gifu, state-level studies have been
terminated, according to the official ..”China is studious about
bolstering its technological levels partly because it has the
military-related aim of developing high-performance materials such as
carbon fibers for use in aircraft wings,” a Japanese industry official
said .