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Five universities to receive funding for projects useful to defense development

  • July 30, 2016
  • , Mainichi , p. 26
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The Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA) has selected ten institutions to subsidize under its “program to promote research and development on national security.” The funds are awarded to projects that focus on cutting-edge technology and can be applied to the development of defense equipment. The program, which began two years ago, received 44 applications this fiscal year, compared to 109 a year ago. In particular, the number of applications from universities fell to 23 from 58.


The ten institutions include five universities, two research institutes, and three companies. Hokkaido University, which has been selected for the first time, has been awarded for a project designed to use micro-foam to reduce frictional resistance of vessels. Osaka City University, Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology and Tokyo University of Science, Yamaguchi, will also receive funds for their projects. These institutions will be subsided up to up to 30 million yen a year for a period of three years. (Abridged)

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