Chief Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s notice of condolences “not compulsorily accompanied” October 15, 12:25 p.m.
At the joint funeral of Yasuhiro Nakasone, former Prime Minister of Japan, who died last year, Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato expressed the recognition that the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology had issued a notice to national universities and other organizations regarding the declaration of condolences, which was independently judged by the relevant organizations and did not involve coercion.
At the joint funeral between Yasuhiro Nakasone, former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone and the Liberal Democratic Party, which will be held on the 17th of this month, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology issued a notice to national universities and other universities on the 13th of this month on the express of their condolences, including silence on the day, based on the approval of the Cabinet.
On this issue, Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato said at a press conference in the morning of May 15 that “it is a request to express his condolences, and whether or not to express his condolences will be independently judged by the relevant organizations.”
On that basis, he said, “In the event of the passing of a former prime minister of a country, it is intended to ask for cooperation to express broad condolences as a public institution, and it does not involve coercion.
We do not believe that it is a political activity to support a particular political party, but also violates the neutrality of education as the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.”