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Japan's R&D Budget: Proposed Increases Follow 5-Year Plan

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Science  06 Sep 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5280, pp. 1332
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5280.1332


Tokyo—Three months ago, the Japanese government adopted a plan to spend $170 billion on science and technology over the next 5 years —an investment that would double, by 2000, what was being spent in 1992. Last week various government ministries unveiled their budget proposals for the upcoming fiscal year, and the double-digit increases being requested for many R&D programs are a clear downpayment on that investment. If the Diet approves these proposals later this year, Japanese graduate students and young scientists will find it easier to make ends meet, neuroscience will get a major new research institute, and research-industry ties will proliferate.