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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VLSI_Project

On Japan's side, the government was concerned about a negative impact on its relationship with the United States with regard to both national security and exports. Concessions were made mainly in two ways. First, the state ended its role in promoting national R&D projects. For example, the very large-scale integrated circuit project was immediately closed down in 1980.

How did Japan's R&D project differ from other R&D project from other countries and was the decision to force Japan to close down its project based on a legal basis, or was it a form of abuse of power?

  • The article you linked does not mention Japan so you might want to improve this question by providing more context. – H2ONaCl Oct 19 '19 at 19:38

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