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Rapid expansion of defence research divides academics – University World News (Suvendrini Kakuchi | January 2017)

Published/Released on January 10, 2017 | Posted by Admin on January 24, 2017 / , , , , ,
 


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Academics in Japan are bitterly divided over defence ministry grants to universities for defence-related research, with such funding receiving a dramatic boost this year amid declining general research budgets for universities over the past decade.

In a huge acceleration in funding from the defence ministry, subsidies for defence-related research in universities and institutions will increase from just JPY600 million (US$5.2 million) in 2016 to JPY11 billion (US$94.7 million) in the 2017 fiscal year which begins in April, and will for the first time include funding for large, long-term research projects over five years.

Some JPY300 million was allocated in 2015 – the first direct research funding from the defence ministry to universities since World War II.

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