Concern over US military donations to Japanese researchKyodo News.
The donations came to light as Japan and the United States continue to boost their already close security ties after the Japanese government passed contentious new security legislation in September. The new laws allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defence, or aiding an ally under armed assault, even if Japan itself is not attacked.
According to information released by the US government, Washington has provided a total of US$1.5 million to researchers at 26 universities and other institutions across Japan.. In the wake of the security bills, some critics have called for a new set of rules covering connections between academia and military research. They say Japan’s academic institutions – which have long distanced themselves from military research – are weakening in their opposition to involvement in such projects due to funding shortages.
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