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Merger Plan for Rival Science Agencies

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Science  29 Aug 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5330, pp. 1198
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5330.1198a

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TOKYO-- Like competing warlords, the two primary sponsors of Japanese science have fought for a larger share of the budget and competed to extend their turf into emerging scientific fields. But now they may have to learn to get along. A governmental panel has decided to recommend that the two be merged into one new Ministry of Science, Technology and Education.