A number of science-related projects have suffered budget cuts or have been eliminated by the waste-cutting panel of the Hatoyama administration’s Government Revitalization Unit.

Some of the panel’s decisions are shortsighted and appear likely to sap Japan’s strength in science and technology over the long term, a prospect that has prompted strong protests from prominent scientists. The administration should override the panel’s shortsighted decisions and ensure that policies are implemented to nurture new scientists and sustain development of science and technology.

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