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New Projects Receive Boost As Cuts Pinch Current Work

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Science  01 May 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5364, pp. 669
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5364.669

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TOKYO-- In its efforts to revive its precarious economy, the Japanese government is pouring money into new scientific projects and facilities, while squeezing the operating and maintenance budgets of several major existing programs. This odd situation is the result of two separate budget decisions and a tangle of laws and regulations that restrict how ministry officials and institute administrators can spend appropriated funds. Last week, the government announced a $128 billion package of spending and tax cuts that includes at least $11.5 billion for a host of scientific efforts ranging from new laboratories to high-speed computer networks.