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U.S. Air Force provided 800 million yen in funding to Japanese researchers over 5 years

  • February 8, 2017
  • , Mainichi
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Mainichi gave top play to a report saying that it has learned from documents made available by the U.S. Air Force that it provided a total of 128 Japanese university and other researchers with about 750 million yen in research funds and an additional 50 million yen as expenses for traveling to the U.S. from fiscal 2010 through 2015. In addition, 11 scholars at Kyoto University and Osaka University received a total of 200 million yen in research funds from the U.S. Air Force and Navy from fiscal 2010 through 2016. The paper quoted Air Force spokesman Daryl Mayer as saying that the purpose of providing research funds to Japanese scholars was to gain important knowledge that was not available in the U.S. The paper wrote that although there is no legal issue with Japanese researchers receiving funds from the U.S. military, the Science Council of Japan issued a statement in 1967 banning military research. The paper also wrote that although the scholars who received funds from the U.S. military have explained that their research was for peaceful purposes, there is a possibility that the U.S. military will use the results of their research for military purposes

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