Prime Minister Suga sees off the appointment of some candidates for the Science Council of Japan October 1, 15:09
Regarding the new members of the Science Council of Japan, Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato made it clear at a press conference in the morning that Prime Minister Suga had forgotten the appointment of some of the candidates recommended by the conference. He explained that the procedure was carried out in accordance with the law.
Among them, Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato announced that the new members of the Science Council of Japan, which is established by the government as a representative organization of Japanese scientists, will be appointed by the Prime Minister based on the recommendation of the Science Council of Japan. A
letter of recommendation for candidate members was submitted to the Prime Minister from the meeting on August 31, and 99 people have been appointed today. "
Then, for the first time since 2004, when the current system was established, Prime Minister Suga revealed that he had forgotten the appointment of some of the candidates recommended by the conference.
After that, he explained that the procedure was carried out in accordance with the law as before, saying, "In the past, we accepted the recommended person as it was, but this time, it is a difference in the result that it was not so, so we have responded. It doesn't change my attitude. "
On the other hand, Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato asked the reporters, "If it is the political decision of Prime Minister Suga, it may be a violation of academic freedom," but "it is constant through the personnel affairs of members. It is legally possible to exercise the oversight of the Prime Minister. We do not believe that it will immediately lead to a violation of academic freedom. "