Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry plans to request ¥116.6 billion ($981 million) for projects to promote innovation under the government’s fiscal 2016 budget, nearly three times the amount earmarked under the 2015 budget.

The additional money would go toward researching artificial intelligence systems and in developing next-generation transport systems to assist with the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Of those proposed funds, ¥13.9 billion would be dedicated for research on artificial intelligence and big data. Another ¥56.8 billion would be allocated to increase the number of hydrogen fueling stations to help promote fuel-cell vehicles and for research on autonomous driving technologies.

The ministry is also considering using some funds to launch a subsidy program to encourage development in areas affected by the March 2011 nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant.

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