News of the WeekJAPAN BUDGET

Winners, Losers Abound As Reforms Kick In

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Science  07 Sep 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5536, pp. 1743
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5536.1743a

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TOKYO-- Last week, Japanese ministries unveiled their budget requests for the next fiscal year. Although overall spending for science will rise about 5%, the increases are concentrated in a handful of areas deemed economically important and offset by cuts in other fields. The crunch is especially severe for research organizations that are part of a special class of public corporations that Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has called wasteful and in need of major restructuring.