Call for Messages: Support Scholars in Japan Striving to Protect Academic Freedom and Democracy

Shinji Asada's picture
Type: 
Event
Location: 
Japan
Subject Fields: 
East Asian History / Studies, Humanities, Japanese History / Studies, Political Science, Social Sciences

Dear Colleagues,

On October 1, 2020, Japanese Prime Minister Suga rejected the appointment of 6 nominees in the field of humanities and social sciences (HSS) to the Science Council of Japan (SCJ), equivalent to the national academy of Japan, which has been met with a critical response from scholars across Japan. 

The Japanese Liaison Council for Academic Societies in the Humanities and Social Sciences, an alliance of academic societies across various HSS fields in Japan, published a Joint Statement, in which we demanded 1) an explanation of the reason(s) why the nominees recommended by the Science Council of Japan were not appointed, and 2) the appointment of the nominees recommended by the Science Council of Japan who were not appointed.  As of November 30th, 2020, a total of 310 societies are participating in and/or supportive of the Joint Statement.

We seek to put an emphasis on the fact that national academy and scholarship must be allowed to maintain independence from the government. 

For those who agree with this call, whether you be a researcher or a citizen, we encourage you to please contribute a supportive message at 
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdG8c42G4jnqvV3WygBNkttnEAzIeB-...

We held a press conference on the Joint Statement in English on December 2nd, 2020, which can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/47unG8Y0-JQ

For further information on this situation, please refer to the documents below:
-Joint Statement: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZNJWqnJdPpy0gS53avG_yriPOaj27DxH/view?u...
-Detailed explanations on the situation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1noU6aRDJ3-j3UCq63XyRC5P2Ti9_vsh_/view?u...
-Detailed explanations of the SCJ: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Ope7KaDmgwuCNiiEpM4UT8oqBHNVaGC5/view?u...

Sincerely,

The Japanese Liaison Council for Academic Societies in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact Email:
uhssarenrakukai@gmail.com
 

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