“Millennium Projects” 1) 11.9 billion yen for education projects, such as providing Internet access to all public schools by the end of fiscal 2001; 2) 15.2 billion yen for information technology; 3) 64 billion yen for projects to analyze human, rice genomes. Foreign aid 1) Official development assistance will total 1.05 trillion yen, down 0.2 percent from the previous year; 2) New grants to support nongovernmental organizations that help countries hit by war or disasters to total 500 million yen. Defense 1) Total outlays will reach 4.94 trillion yen, up 0.1 percent; 2) Funds for research with U.S. on a theater missile defense system to be increased from 960 million yen to 2 billion yen; 3) The host-nation support for the U.S. forces in Japan comes to 260.3 billion yen on a contract basis, down 2.8 percent; 4) 29.4 billion yen will go toward countermeasures — such as introducing upgraded missile-equipped patrol boats. Public works 1) Total funds will come to 9.93 trillion yen, including a 500 billion yen reserve for unspecified projects; 2) Spending for new bullet train lines under construction or planned in the Tohoku, Hokuriku and Kyushu regions will total 35.19 billion yen, up 11 percent.

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