Leading Japanese Legislator To Outline Strategies

July 08, 1997

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 3, 1997 -- Japan's strong support for basic research under the pressure of recent budget constraints will be the subject of a lecture by the Honorable Koji Omi, a leading member of the House of Representatives for the National Diet of Japan. The lecture is sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Embassy of Japan.

Koji Omi, a four-term member of the Lower House of Japan's Parliament, led the drive for unanimous passage of legislation to direct the Japanese government's ministries and agencies to increase basic science research funding by seven percent over the previous year. Omi will discuss Japan's strategies for competing globally in the arena of scientific and technological development. The lecture is being organized by the AAAS Pacific Rim Initiative, which strives to create opportunities for scientists, industry, and policymakers to cooperate within the Asia-Pacific region, and focus science around the Pacific rim to promote economic growth and social development.
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