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Science  04 Sep 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5945, pp. 1193
DOI: 10.1126/science.325_1193a

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In an annual rite of summer, the Japanese education ministry's budget requests are trimmed by advisory bodies, politicians, and the powerful finance ministry. This year, there is a new twist: The newly elected Democratic Party now has responsibility for finalizing the budget—and no one knows how R&D will fare. The Democratic Party's platform keys in on the importance of research. But the party also promised to cut wasteful governmental spending, without being specific, and party politicians have called for reining in bureaucracy.