In light of the launch in the last fiscal year of the “security technology research promotion system,” under which the Defense Ministry provides funds to universities and research institutions to conduct research that will contribute to the development of weapons, the Science Council of Japan (SCJ), the representative organization of Japanese scientists, created a “committee on security and academic studies” which has been holding discussions since last June. Experts have been invited to the committee’s hearings. Its history subcommittee held a symposium on military-academic cooperation on Dec. 11. Concerns and criticisms about the funding system were voiced.
The SCJ committee will compile a report on this issue next spring. (Abridged)