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 yen 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.
That’s about $256M USD, but the money isn’t free or guaranteed
Hiroshi Ogushi, a parliamentary secretary for finance, told reporters that the ministry will be allowed to seek up to 22.78 billion yen for the development in exchange for making an additional cut of 5 billion yen to its initial budget requests.
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