Fresh from surviving a hard-fought battle against political pressure for Draconian cuts in its foreign-aid budget, Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori’s government is stepping up efforts to implement his $15 billion aid initiative in the area of information technology.

To be sure, the government lost its battle to keep about $10 billion in its annual foreign-aid budget intact. The aid budget for fiscal 2001, which starts in April, will be slashed by 3 percent.

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