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Regarding the Dec. 14 article “Research outlays soar to record 17.85 trillion yen (for fiscal 2005)“: The story doesn’t tell how all the expenditures for scientific and technological research by companies, universities and government-backed research institutes are really allocated.

The worst waste of all: Nepotism flourished. In one case, the institute director, in response to a complaint by me, wrote that it was regretful that a postdoc given a permanent position had spent 1 1/2 years on things “irrelevant to the institute” but that it would still take some time before she would be able to do relevant research. That response clearly showed that the person had no relevant qualifications for the position.

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