Board of Directors
Japan Academic Society
of Mathematics Education (JASME)
Academic Societies Unite to Release a Joint Statement to Protect the Independence of the
Science Council of Japan
scholars have met the Prime Minister Suga’s decision to reject the candidacy of
six humanities and social sciences scholars for the Science Council of Japan
with grave concern. 226 academic
societies in the humanities and social sciences in Japan issued a Joint Statement
on November 6th. Since then, the number of co-signers has reached 310. On December 2nd,
they issued the same statement in English, gave a press interview and appealed to
scholars and citizens worldwide for support and cooperation.
Science Council of Japan, which is a national academy and not a federation of
academic societies, does not directly represent the interests of the societies.
Nevertheless, the societies are deeply concerned with the issue as the Prime Minister’s
rejection of appointment not only violates the independence of the Science
Council of Japan but also further threatens academic freedom, autonomy and
democracy in Japan.
See the interview video on the Joint Statement: https://youtu.be/47unG8Y0-JQ
As one of the societies that have co-signed the Joint Statement, hereby
JASME also releases it.
Please send your supportive message from here
The Joint Statement is here (pdf).