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12/17/2009

Budget cuts: Shiga Univ. and Shiga Univ. of Medical Science criticized the Hatoyama administration

On December 7, two presidents of Shiga University and Shiga University of Medical Science made an urgent statement to criticize the Hatoyama administration for slashing research grants.

Tatsuo Naruse, president of the SU, says, "national universities have played an important role to educate professionals and to conduct activities involving local communities. Downsizing the research funds might affect Japan's higher education."

"While advanced medical treatment is highly required, we, as a university hospital, might not be able to achieve our mission if the budget cuts continue," adds Tadao Bamba, president of SUMS.

According to the two universities, national grants that occupy more than 40% of the income of the two were reduced by 470 million yen in the past five years.   

(Yomiuri Shimbun, December 8, 2009)

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