Prime Minister Kan sees off the appointment of some candidates for the Science Council of Japan October 1 at 3:09 p.m.
As for the new members of the Science Council of Japan, Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato explained at a press conference in the morning that Prime Minister Kan had abandoned the appointment of some of the candidates recommended by the conference, and that he had followed the procedures in the same way as before.
In this interview, Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato said, “The Prime Minister appoints new members of the Science Council of Japan, which is established by the government as a representative body for Japanese scientists, based on the recommendation of the Science Council of Japan. A recommendation for membership was submitted to the Prime Minister from the meeting on August 31, and 99 members were appointed today.”
Then, for the first time since 2004, Prime Minister Kan announced that he had forego the appointment of some of the candidates recommended by the conference.
He then explained that he had followed the process in the same way as before, and said, “Up until now, we have accepted the recommended person as it is, but this time, it is a difference in the result that it was not so, and the attitude that we have responded to does not change.”
On the other hand, Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato asked reporters, “If it is Prime Minister Kan’s political judgment, it would constitute a violation of academic freedom,” but he said, “It is legally possible to exercise certain supervisory authority through the personnel of members, etc. We do not think it will immediately lead to a violation of academic freedom.”