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Astronomical society opposes military research, but younger researchers more positive

  • March 16, 2019
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NHK reported on Saturday that the Astronomical Society of Japan issued a declaration at its annual convention on the same day saying that in accordance with the policy of the Science Council of Japan, its members pledge not to engage in research activities that can be converted to military use. However, the results of a survey of ASJ members announced at the meeting showed that 68% of scientists in their 20s were in favor of receiving funding from the Defense Ministry’s “National Security Technology Research Promotion Fund,” while 32% were against it. Among scientists in their 30s, 52% were in favor and 48% were against receiving such funding.

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