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Finance Minister Hirohisa Fujii and other key Cabinet members agreed Wednesday to allow the science ministry as a special case to earmark up to around ¥23 billion in the fiscal 2010 budget to support projects to develop a next-generation supercomputer.

The agreement came after a number of Japanese scientists, including Nobel Prize laureates, voiced strong opposition to the Democratic Party of Japan-led government’s move to freeze the projects as part of its efforts to cut wasteful spending.

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