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Fusion Scientists Urge Closer Look at ITER

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Science  23 Feb 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5508, pp. 1461-1463
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5508.1461

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TOKYO-- Japan's scientific community has always appeared to be four-square behind the $5 billion International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). But last week, the first cracks in that unified front appeared as the country's leading fusion researchers gathered to discuss the megaproject's potential impact on the country's fusion research efforts, with some urging a fresh look at other options. Scientists are worried that the recent merger of Japan's two major science agencies will put other fusion research projects more directly in competition with ITER for funding.