The MEXT, the Japanese Ministry that supervises KEK, has announced that
it will appropriate a budget of 100 oku-yen (approx $110M) over the next
three years starting this Japanese fiscal year (JFY2010) for the high
performance upgrade program of KEKB. This is part of the measures
taken under the new "Very Advanced Research Support Program" of the
"We are delighted to hear this news," says Masanori Yamauchi, former
spokesperson for the Belle experiment and currently a deputy director
of the Institute of Particle and Nuclear Studies of KEK. "This three-
year upgrade plan allows the Belle experiment to study the physics
from decays of heavy flavor particles with an unprecedented precision.
It means that KEK in Japan is launching a renewed research program in
search for new physics by using a technique which is complementary to
what is employed at LHC at CERN."
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