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A Disconnect for NTT Labs?

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Science  12 Apr 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5259, pp. 186-187
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5259.186


Tokyo—One of Japan's leading industrial labs could be broken up as part of a proposed restructuring of Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. (NTT). The idea, a political hot potato, has also sparked intense debate in the research community. Scientists and industrial leaders warn it would weaken basic science in Japan, while government officials argue that increased competition would bolster research