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May 21, 2009

Ministry of Education criticized for unnecessary spending

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The new supplementary budget designed to stimulate the economy is being criticized for being wasteful and put together in too much of a hurry. According to an editorial in the Asahi Shimbun, '...the new spending plan contains too many heavy expenditures on projects and programs that are not in urgent need. Minshuto (Democratic Party of Japan) and other opposition parties rightly demanded a longer and more exhaustive debate on the supplementary budget. But the ruling camp rejected the opposition demand, arguing the economic stimulus measures must be implemented immediately.'

The Ministry of Education has been singed out for criticism. The ministry 'has budgeted 11.7 billion yen to build a hall of fame for animated cartoons, manga comics and videogames. The ministry will also spend 69.5 billion yen to build centers for joint research among industry, academia and government in all 47 prefectures. There are, however, no signs that the ministry carefully estimated the economic effects of these huge expenditures.'

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