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Belt-Tightening Could Claim Some Scientific Scalps

Science  20 Nov 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5956, pp. 1046-1047
DOI: 10.1126/science.326.5956.1046-b

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Attempting to rein in Japan's yawning budget deficit, a government task force last week recommended tens of millions of dollars in cuts in science spending in the fiscal year beginning next April that would hit everything from research grants to big-ticket items such as a next-generation supercomputer. Taking a bite out of one high-profile target—Japan's ocean drilling program—could have international repercussions.