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Bad Economy Is Good News for R&D

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Science  11 Sep 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5383, pp. 1587
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5383.1587b

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TOKYO-- Last week government R&D ministries put in their bids for a slice of a $71 billion pie that the Japanese government has promised to distribute over the next 18 months to revive a stagnant economy. At the same time, along with their regular 1999 budget requests, they submitted proposals that include tapping into a one-time $1.1 billion appropriation to boost the nation's research and development infrastructure. While science agencies are certain to receive money for several new projects, their budget requests offer no relief for existing scientific facilities that have been forced to reduce operating expenses to shrink a large budget deficit.