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MOD selects 21 projects for defense studies funding program

  • September 1, 2020
  • , Akahata , p. 14
  • JMH Translation

The Ministry of Defense (MOD) announced on Aug. 28 that it had selected 21 projects for its “national security technology research promotion program” for fiscal 2020, which is designed to finance basic studies that could be of use to the development of weapons and defense equipment. The number of applications received was 120, marking a record high since the program started in fiscal 2015 and an increase of 19 compared to a year ago.


A total of seven projects were awarded 2 billion yen each to conduct large-scale projects for a period of up to five years. The recipients include four government-run institutes, such as the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) and RIKEN, and three businesses, such as Novel Crystal Technology. One university applied for this category, but was not selected.


Meanwhile, three government-run institutes, such as the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology, and two other private firms, one of which is Toray, were each awarded a 39 million yen subsidy to conduct smaller projects for up to one year.


As for academic institutions, the Institute for Information Security and Tamagawa University were each awarded 13 million yen to conduct smaller projects for up to one year. Three other public research institutes and two businesses were selected for this category as well. (Abridged)

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