Pending Reform Plan Lacks Detail

Science  28 Nov 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5343, pp. 1559
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5343.1559a

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TOKYO-- A blue-ribbon advisory panel to Japan's government is expected to release a report next week that could lead to the merger of the country's two major science-related ministries and the granting of greater independence to its extensive network of national labs. Those changes are among a host of recommendations for streamlining the government. But the plan has generated heated political debate because of a lack of public discussion and a shortage of details on funding issues.