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Superagency Seeks to Reconcile Two Cultures

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Science  05 Jan 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5501, pp. 29
DOI: 10.1126/science.10.1126/SCIENCE.291.5501.29

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TOKYO-- As part of a long-planned consolidation aimed at improving efficiency and reducing the overlapping responsibilities that have sparked bitter turf battles, the Science and Technology Agency is being folded into the larger Ministry of Education, Science, Sports, and Culture (Monbusho). The two agencies currently play different roles in the nation's research efforts, and scientists are eager to learn how the new agency will reconcile these two divergent approaches to funding basic science.