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2 gov't panels agree to promote science, technology.

TOKYO, March 14 Kyodo

Two government panels agreed at a meeting Thursday to push through programs to reinvigorate economic growth through science and technology development, government officials said.

The agreement was reached at a meeting held at the Cabinet Office of the Council for Science and Technology Policy and the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy, policy panels both headed by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.

During the meeting, Koji Omi, state minister in charge of science and technology, urged the government to boost spending on science and technology development to help prevent a hollowing out of Japanese industry, the officials said.

''To revitalize the Japanese economy, we need to develop science and technology, so we can foster new businesses and products and create new jobs,'' Omi was quoted as saying.

Heizo Takenaka, state minister in charge of economic and fiscal policy, told the meeting that he shared the view with Omi that science and technology is the key to reinvigorating the economy, according to the officials.

The day's meeting was held at the initiative of Omi. The two councils will meet periodically to continue discussions on the subject, the officials said.
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