In Japan, the Min. of Edcuation and Science has selected 37 universities for Super Global Universities and Global Universities. They would get special subsidy of from 1 to 5 million USD per a year. Those universities have been "relatively" wealthy due to their size, fame and history. This special subsidy won't mean much for their budget size. It also requires them to lead to any visible result in certain period. It would hardly help them bringing up the basic science, which often takes a long time to produce any meaningful result.
On the other hand, the authority has been reducing the subsidy to the universities by 1% every year. The above mentioned special subsidy would be an excuse to reduce further the subsidy to the other universities. I often heard they have been hard up for the finance at the other universities. Less number of the staff, less budget for research and so forth.
In addition, they are told to diminish or convert the fundamental studies like philosophy to any other subjects, that are more pragmatic for profit. What a shortsighted view! In our country, we don't have much natural resources. The only social resource is highly educated people. Real cutting edge as well as unique innovation comes from basic research in subjects like math or philosophy etc. This wrong policy of the administrative organ would make the high education, and eventually our country itself, face to further crisis.