Scientists to keep ban on military research

A Science Council of Japan committee has proposed continuing a ban on military research by universities and other institutes, a stance based on remorse over such studies under Japan’s wartime government, writes Ryoko Takeishi for The Asahi Shimbun.

The proposal, hammered out on 7 March after a series of meetings, will likely be adopted as the council’s official statement after a vote in a general assembly session in April.

Speculation has been rife over whether the Science Council of Japan, the country’s representative body of scientists, would stick with the traditional ban after the current government increased subsidies for military-related research. The statement will be the science council’s first in 50 years regarding its position on military research. The previous two, issued in 1950 and 1967, unequivocally banned research for military purposes.
Full report on The Asahi Shimbun site