The Government's Decision to Refuse the Science Council of Japan's Nominations
Board Member of the Association of Japanese Geographers,
President of International Geographical Union & Professor Emeritus
of Hokkaido University of Education
Chair of the International Connections Committee of the
Japanese Historical Council & Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo
President of Association for Modern Japanese Literary Studies
& Professor of Aoyama Gakuin University
13:00 - 14:00, December 02, 2020
(The speech and Q & A will be in English and Japanese with English interpretation.)
Criticism of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga for excluding six humanities and social sciences scholars from a list of candidates to become new members of the Science Council of Japan continues to grow. Over 500 academic societies, universities and civil organizations have protested what many have called an unprecedented intervention into personnel issues at the national academy.
Suga continues to insist that his actions were relevant and legal. In October, humanities and social science scholars joined to launch the Japanese Liaison Council for Academic Societies in the Humanities and Social Sciences, which is independent of the Science Council but also protesting the government's decision. Three senior members of this new group will discuss the controversy and what it means for freedom of thought in Japan.
Yukio Himiyama is the former president of the International Geographical Union and a professor emeritus of Hokkaido University of Education Youichi Kibata is chair of the International Connections Committee of the Japanese Historical Council and a professor emeritus of the University of Tokyo. Izumi Sato is president of the Association for Modern Japanese Literary Studies and a professor of Aoyama Gakuin University.
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