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A total of 550 billion yen will be set aside in the fiscal 1998 state budget for three special spending brackets to better concentrate public works outlays in key sectors, a top Finance Ministry official said July 4.

The new special brackets are designed to ensure that certain projects receive adequate funding at a time when the general budget for public works is to be trimmed. The three brackets are designed to allocate public works spending to infrastructure projects related to raising living standards, those to make distribution more effective and items that are not specifically public works-related, such as those concerning scientific technology and the environment.

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