The government said Monday that ¥77.5 billion of the ¥333 billion earmarked for high-priority issues in the fiscal 2009 budget will be used to fund social security programs including emergency medical services and childbirth and child-rearing assistance.

Much of the priority budget will also go to revitalize regions, improve the country’s food self-sufficiency rate, as well as bolster education and research and development, the government said.

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